Dust Explosion Risk Reduction

Topic Safety

CPD Hours 4*

Price £235 + VAT


This series of 4 case studies covers the reduction of risks from dust explosion making use of the DERReK methodology that is presented in the IChemE/BPE Dust Explosion online training modules. Each case study will demonstrate how the methodology works and how it can be applied to different potential dust explosion problems in different industries.

What's included in the series

  • Four 60-minute modules  
  • Four digital recordings for your personal use
  • Digital copies of all slides and supporting materials (PDF) for your personal use
  • E-certificate of attendance, including hours allocation, for CPD purposes

Course outline

Module 1: Pharmaceutical granulation, fluid bed drying and mill

  • Follows the classic wet granulation, fluid bed drying and milling process
  • Considers typical pharmaceutical mixtures
  • The importance of non-electrical sources of ignition and mitigation of consequences will be a major part of this case study

Module 2: Manufacture of ink using carbon black

  • Centred on a US Chemical Safety Board case study
  • Examines differences in approach that the DERReK methodology would highlight compared to the Chemical Safety Board Recommendations
  • Highlights how an explosion suppression system works in practice

Module 3: Conveying dusty solids into a silo

  • Reviews the combination of conveying and gravity charging to a silo
  • Assesses changes made to large scale plant in the US that lead to a dust explosion
  • Examines a large scale experiment carried out in Germany and lessons learnt for hazardous area classification

Module 4: Large scale refuse separation and drying

  • Considers the DERReK methodology in relationship to the refuse separation and drying process
  • Examines whether it is possible to make logical conclusions about the hazardous area classification of parts of the process
  • Considers the possible consequences of any explosion

Multiple-user fee

This option allows you to purchase the course for up to 10 individual users at a significantly reduced price of £1055 + VAT. Find out more>> 

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This course can be delivered to corporate teams, either on-site or online. Content can be tailored to your specific requirements. To find out more and request a quotation, visit our in-company training page.

* CPD hours should be used as an approximate guide and will vary depending on the preferred approach of the delegate and to what extent additional learning is completed.

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Eur Ing Keith Plumb CEng, CSci, FIChemE, BPE Consultant


Eur Ing Keith Plumb CEng, CSci, FIChemE, BPE Consultant

Keith is a self-employed process, safety and equipment consultant with more than 40 years’ experience as a practising engineer. Most of his experience has been in pharmaceuticals, bio-pharmaceuticals and fine chemicals. 

Much of his work has included the handling of powder including the operation, design and commissioning of a wide range of equipment. This has naturally led onto a requirement to have a good understanding of dust explosions. A few years ago, it became clear that gaining a better understanding the problems associated with dust explosions would help his clients reduce the risks associated with their powder handling processes. 

For some time, Keith has been developing his own dust explosion risk reduction tool, DExTToR, which has won a couple of awards. He has had a long term working relationship with BPE Design and Consult.

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