This edition of our Newsletter includes two related articles:
1. Beyond Hazardous Area Classification – Mechanical Equipment Ignition Sources
The first article is intended to provide some insight into the Mechanical Equipment Ignition Risk Assessment [MEIRA] methodology for evaluating the non-electrical ignition sources that could give rise to flash fires and explosions in locations where combustible dust clouds or flammable vapor atmosphere are present.
2. Effective Management of Combustible Dust Hazards: The Role of an Effective Mechanical Integrity Program
This article outlines an effective approach to addressing combustible dust hazards by the implementation of a proactive and robust mechanical-integrity program. A sound mechanical integrity program is an essential component of effective combustible dust fire and explosion hazard control. Using appropriate process information, material (powder/dust) data, and industry standards, a site-specific mechanical integrity management system can be designed and implemented to address these hazards efficiently and effectively with the resources available.