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Powder and Bulk Solids Academy: Industry Safety of Handling Bulk Solids: Dust Hazards, Analysis, Mitigation, Prevention and Control

This is a comprehensive course designed for individuals who are responsible for dust hazard analysis, design of dust control systems, and minimizing and controlling dust explosion hazards during handling of bulk solids in various industries such as pharmaceutical, chemical, plastic, mineral, grain, and food. The course explains the various methods used to measure dust explosion severity such as rate of pressure rise, minimum oxygen concentration, etc. The design of different types of dust control systems will be covered as well as best NFPA practices concerning dust explosion, prevention, suppression and isolation. The importance of good dust housekeeping will be explored along with design practices for prevention of release of dusts to the process environment. Throughout the course, numerous examples will illustrate key concepts along with detailed analysis of dust explosion case studies.




Students will participate in an immersive course combining lecture and hands-on exploration in the full-scale lab at the Bulk Solids Innovation Center. Taught by industry veterans and university research experts, this course is intended for those that are looking to learn best practices for dust handling and hazard prevention.

Upon completing this course, students will:

  • Understand the concept of dust hazard and various methodologies of its analysis
  • Understand the concept of sizing and designing dust collection systems for their operations
  • Understand the concept of dust explosion and learn the different methods to prevent it including preliminary sizing of explosion vents

This course is recommended for anyone who is responsible for dust hazard analysis, designing, improving, or troubleshooting dust control systems and dust explosion prevention, suppression and isolation while handling bulk solids, such as Engineers/Operators/Managers/Technicians in mineral, pharmaceutical, plastics, chemical, food, grain and feed industries; and R&D scientists and engineers. The course is appropriate for new employees who are not familiar with the dust hazard, analysis, mitigation, prevention and control as well as those who want to increase their knowledge in this area.



View the course sechedule for a full list of topics.

Dates: September 14, 16, 21 and 23, 2021

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. CST

The course is comprised of four half-day sessions. Sessions are held online. Live participation is expected. Should a student be required to miss a session, recordings of the session will be available for review.

Format: Live, online hosted through Zoom

Upon registration, students will be sent details in a confirmation email on how to access the learning management system for course materials and Zoom live session details.

Cost: $995

Course fee includes access to online learning management system, course instruction, and digital materials. Payment is required at time of registration. All major credit cards are accepted.

Multi-registrant discounts are available! A discounted rate is offered for companies sending multiple attendees. Three registrants from the same company will receive a 50% discount on the third registration fee. Four registrants from the same company will receive a free registration on the fourth registrant. For companies sending more than four employees, discounts will be applied in the same increments as indicated above.

Registration deadline: September 7, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. CST



The online training software operates on any Mac or PC system. Your system must have speakers with sound enabled. You will need a microphone (webcam optional) to participate in the program. You will need an internet connection, broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE) is recommended.

You will need to download Zoom, a free video conferencing software to participate in the live activities. You can do this from the Zoom web site, or you will be prompted to download it prior to the course. Please review the Zoom system requirements.



Please contact Professional Education and Outreach at profed@k-state.edu