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Process engineering experts pick up award for dust explosion risk project

21 March 2017

A design methodology that has the potential to help secure a dramatic reduction in the risk of dust explosions in manufacturing centres and laboratories has BPE pick up the ‘Contribution to Safety’ award at the Hazardex 2017 Conference and Exhibition in Runcorn, northern England.

Keith Plumb of BPE accepts the 'Contribution to Safety' award from sponsor Adam Garner of CSA Group
Keith Plumb of BPE accepts the 'Contribution to Safety' award from sponsor Adam Garner of CSA Group

The new methodology came about after BPE identified that while there is a clear legal requirement to reduce the risk from explosive dusts and carry out a hazardous area classification, no rigorous yet simple step-by-step approach existed.

Determined to make a change, BPE decided to create a toolkit to help process engineers explore the risks and provide practical solutions to help to secure targeted reduction in the risk of dust explosions.

The toolkit takes a step-wise approach and, innovatively, focuses on sources of dispersion rather than sources of release. This is because in the case of dust explosions most hazardous zones are inside equipment rather than outside and therefore arise from dispersion mechanisms, not release mechanisms.

BPE has been helping manufacturers make their processes safer and more efficient since 1997. It offers a full range of process engineering services, including process modelling, process safety, project management and process development/scale-up support. Specialising in the life sciences and fine / speciality chemicals sectors, BPE counts some of the UK’s biggest blue-chip manufacturers among its clients.

To find out more about BPE and watch a video about its approach to dust explosion risk visit

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