Friday, January 1, 2010

South Dakota Ethanol Safety Training-Jan. 20-21

two-day workshop includes an outline of OSHA standards, environmental health controls, fire protection, grain handling and conveyor safety, electrical safety, and railroad and materials handling safety.

Combustible dust hazards also present in ethanol production. Such as the secondary aspect of ethanol production where dryers are used to dry distillers grains. Or where dust particles can be be ignited by a heating system used in the drying process, which dries corn by-product prior to processing it into ethanol.

In 2009, according to media accounts, there were 14 fires and explosions at ethanol plants. Where either flammable gases, liquids, or combustible dust was involved in the incident. According to Ethanol Producer Magazine there are 184 ethanol plants in operation

For additional information on the Two-Day Ethanol Safety Workshop:
please contact or Email: James Manning, Program Director.Engineering Extension, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007 Phone: 605-688-4101,, Email:

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