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Reasons why attendees enjoyed Dust Explosions 2014

The ability to meet & discuss issues with people from associated industries
- Packaging & Warehousing Manager, Manildra

Very informative - great refresher for various hazardous requirements
- Project Engineer, Campbell Arnotts

The event better equipped me to question and understand suppression systems
- Engineering Manager, Tatura Milk Industries

The event incorporated technical & practical components in an applicable format
- WHS Officer, Arnotts

The variety of very knowledgeable speakers made it very interesting
- Work Health & Safety Officer, Ecka Granules



Monday 17 October 2016

Day One | Day Two

8.30 Registration and morning coffee

9.00 Speed networking session

Get to know your peers right from the start in this relax and informal speed networking session.
Bring your business cards!

9.20 Opening remarks from the Chair

The combustible nature of your dust

9.30 Keynote address: Dust explosions in Europe - new legislation, trends and incidents

  • ATEX guidelines & their changes
  • New guides of practice for bucket elevator dust explosion safety
  • Trends in risk reduction methods
  • Some 'interesting' incidents

Gerard van Laar, Senior Consultant, Fire & Explosion Protection, INBUREX Consulting, Germany

10.10 Understanding the consequences of ignoring potential combustible dust risks

  • The characteristics of dust explosions
  • Examples of combustible dusts
  • What does a dust explosion look like?
  • Why 'slightly combustible' is still a lethal hazard
  • Risk implications for employers, employees, consultants and other involved parties

Dr Anthony Green, Visiting Principal Fellow, School of Computer Science and Software Engineering, University of Wollongong

10.40 Morning tea and networking break

11.10 New technologies increasing plant safety

  • Minimising particle attrition and dust
  • Bulk material flow modes
  • New dust suppression technologies
  • New modelling and design techniques - to ensure reliable and sustainable handling
  • Case studies

Prof Dr Peter Wypych, Director, International Solids Handling Research Institute (ISHRI), University of Wollongong

Managing your dust risks

11.40 Becoming aware of the risk factors associated with your particular dusts

  • How and why dust composition varies
  • What you need to understand about your dust and its characteristics
  • The limitation of relying on material data sheets
  • What is dust testing and how is it done
  • A look at potential testing reports
  • Risk considerations of unknown dust particles

Dr Fiona Clarkson, Research Scientist, Simtars

12.10 Understanding hazardous area classification

  • The different zones, 20,21,22 and how the boundaries are effected
  • Who should be classifying your dust handling areas
  • Equipment and procedures to limit zones
  • Common misunderstandings in zoning
  • Consequences of the HAC, equipment, installation and maintenance

Tony Vierboom, Managing Director, Nova Protection Systems

12.40 Lunch

13.30 Implementing layers of protection in your workplace

Gary Tyson, Senior Associate, Packaging and Materials Handling, Beca
Eric Wisse, Technical Director, Industrial, Beca

14.00 Achieving the delicate balance between risk, cost & practicality

  • Where does the invisible line lie?
  • Understanding the line between prevention & management
  • When does management become critical?
  • When is a simple dust collector not enough?
  • How can you quantify your risk in the different scenarios?

Andy Gunson, Specialist Engineer GXsim, New Zealand

14.30 Case Study: Assessment of a 'world class' dust mitigation system in an iron ore operation

  • An overview of the operation
  • Focus of the study at hand
  • Method of review
  • Conclusions & recommendations

John Visser, Director, Principal Engineer, Johen Consulting

15.00 Afternoon tea and networking break

Legislation, standards & responsibilities around safety practices

15.20 Implementing strong safety practices

  • Work and safety regulations in your state
  • Good housekeeping comes first
  • Balancing hygiene & hazard protection
  • Role of operators, supervisors and managers
  • Importance of maintenance

W.V. Peter Hunt, Director, Whamcorp

15.50 Dust explosions and the (model) WHS Act

  • Obligations of duty holders with regards to dust explosions
  • Recent (and current) prosecutions
  • Limitations of hazard based design processes commonly espoused in many standards
  • How to demonstrate precautionary safety due diligence (safety-in-design) for dust explosions

Richard Robinson, Director, r2a

16.20 Panel discussion: Navigating the various local and international standards. What do you need to know?

  • An overview of AS/NZS 4745 and other key standards
  • Updates with NFPA 652 and its impact on Australian facilities
  • Understanding the similarities and differences between the US & EU codes 
  • When do you need to comply with what

Con Carpis, Managing Director, CMC Technologies
Kevin Hagen, Principal Engineer, Hazardous Area Projects, GHD
Adrian MacHunter, Global Fire Risk Practice Lead, Hatch
Gerard van Laar, Senior Consultant, Fire & Explosion Protection, INBUREX Consulting, Germany

17.00 End of day remarks from the Chair
Networking drinks session

Tuesday 18 October 2016

Day One | Day Two

8.30 Morning coffee and networking

9.00 Opening remarks from the Chair

New developments and equipment for dust prevention & management

9.10 How safe is your plant?

  • Quantifying the problem - a key first step for design and troubleshooting
  • Is your dust filter a dust explosion hazard?
  • Bulk material fire hazards and control
  • The dangers of venting
  • Case studies

Prof Dr Peter Wypych, Director, International Solids Handling Research Institute (ISHRI), University of Wollongong

9.40 Dust control strategies for transfer chute design

  • Characterisation techniques for evaluating the dustiness of the product
  • Design strategies for optimal chute design
  • Analysis techniques for dust evaluation of transfer chutes
  • Case studies

Dr Timothy Donohue, Engineering Manager, Tunra Bulk Solids Handling Research Associates

10.10 Morning tea and networking break

10.40 Mitigating potential disaster through explosion venting

  • Understanding the need for disaster mitigation
  • An overview of explosion vent designs (bursting discs, explosion doors, and flameless vents)
  • The importance of certification, venting efficiency and applicable standards
  • Selection of the most reliable and cost effective designs for various applications
  • Achieving the balance between compliant design and cost effectiveness
  • The integration and combination of explosion vents with passive and active explosion protection solutions for dust collectors

Con Carpis, Managing Director, CMC Technologies

11.10 The right approach to chemical and mechanical explosion isolation systems

  • Understanding the importance of explosion isolation
  • The difference between chemical and mechanical isolation
  • Selecting the right isolation techniques
  • Isolation application considerations

Felipe Ong, Head, Industrial Explosion Protection Division (AP), BS&B Safety Systems, Singapore

11.40 Closing panel discussion: Reducing & managing dust hazards - everyday tips to create a safe work environment

The repercussions of ignoring dust risks can be catastrophic, however for many organisations the costs of designing and deploying a safety system are prohibitive. Our panellists will share their top 2 cost simple tips to keep dust at bay and your assets protected!

David McEwan, Business Line Manager, Nederman MikroPul
Patrick Wright, Mechanical Project Manager, New Zealand Sugar Company

12.20 Lunch

Demonstration & site tour

13.20 SIncludes Site Tour of Simtars - 18 October 2016

Simtars will host a site tour of its facilities to give attendees the opportunity to see the science and safety behind the accredited testing of dust and spontaneous combustions in a controlled environment. With over 25 years' experience, Simtars specialise in the continuous improvement of training, research and testing solutions for resource industry clients.

Coach transport will be provided and participants will be taken back to the Novotel Brisbane via Brisbane Airport. Participants will be back at the hotel by 5pm.

Site tour timings:

1.20pm - Novotel Brisbane to Simtars (approx. 40mins - depart Novotel 13.20/arrive at Simtars at 14.00)
2.00pm - Arrive at Simtars
3.30pm - Depart Simtars
4.30pm - Drop off at Brisbane Airport
5.00pm - Drop off at Novotel Brisbane


17.00 End of conference

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