Dust Explosions

Topic Safety

CPD Hours 4*

Price £235 + VAT


This award-winning online course, delivered in partnership with BPE, comprises of four modules, each between 60-90 minutes in length, examines the causes and prevention of explosive atmospheres and the requirements of the European ATEX directives and the associated IEC and ISO standards.

The ATEX directives form the legal requirements in the EU and cover the minimum requirements for improving the health and safety protection of workers potentially at risk from explosive atmospheres and are an approximation of the laws of EU Member States concerning equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres. Similar regulation exists in many countries outside Europe and the IEC and ISO standards are globally applicable.

This course uses a ten-step approach to consider all of the requirements for dust explosion risk reduction whether these are covered by regulations or the IEC/ISO standards.

The modules are effective as stand-alone training sessions or as part of a modular programme.

What's included in the series

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

Course content

Module 1: An Introduction to dust explosions

  • The ATEX directive and IEC/ISO standards
  • The explosion pentagon
  • The ten-step approach to managing risk (an introduction)
  • FAQs

Module 2: Hazardous area classification

  • Definition of explosive atmospheres
  • Eight-point hazard area classification methodology
  •  FAQs

Module 3: Minimising the sources of ignition

  • Explosions and particle properties
  • Sources of ignition
  • Managing sources of ignition
  • FAQs

Module 4: Reducing the risk and mitigating the consequences

  • Assessing confinement and explosion consequences
  • Risk-reduction using simple measures
  • Residual risk
  • Oxygen – exclusion and mitigation
  • Other risk reduction measures
  • FAQs

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>>

Train your team

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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Dust Explosion Risk Reduction

Learn about the DERReK methodology for dust explosion risk reduction.

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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