Tuesday, April 17, 2018

10:15 am

Marijuana Facilities (Intermediate) Lisa Hartman, Division Manager of Industrial and Chemical Engineering, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Marijuana (Cannabis) is a DEA Schedule I drug. However, a number of states now have some form of legalized marijuana for medicinal and/or recreational use. The facilities that produce these marijuana products often have a number of industrial hazards including electrical, HVAC, flammable liquids and industrial gases. In particular, the extraction and/or distillation processes can be highly hazardous. NFPA 1 Fire Code, 2108 edition has a new Chapter 38 that addresses Marijuana Growing, Processing, or Extraction. This presentation will review NFPA 1, Chapter 38, as well as discuss additional NFPA resources available to address industrial hazards.

11:30 am

Combustible Dust (Intermediate) Susan Bershad, Senior Chemical Engineer, Industrial and Chemical Engineering Division, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Every year, destructive and deadly dust-related fires and explosions affect a wide range of industries around the globe. To manage the dust-related fire, flash-fire, and explosion hazards in industries that use dust collection and handling equipment, or have processes that may generate combustible dust, the NFPA has recently published NFPA 652, Standard on the Fundamentals of Combustible Dust. This presentation will provide an overview of the fundamentals of the hazards of combustible dust, and how to control those hazards. The use of a Dust Hazard Analysis (required by all of the NFPA combustible dust standards) to identify those hazards will be reviewed, as well as the use of hazard mitigation and management systems strategies.

1:45 pm

Benefits of a Risk Management Program (Intermediate) Jeffrey A. Gray, CSP, and William C. Maki, PE,  Consultants, JAG Safety Consulting LLC.

A strong Risk Management Program provides an organization with a defined methodology to identify, assess and mitigate risks to avoid a significant business interruption.  This presentation will discuss the benefits of a program and provide an understanding of the process to develop a program to meet your organization’s needs.

3:15 pm

Compliance Questions for a Chemical Safety Program (Intermediate) Jonathan Eisenberg, Associate Principal, Arup USA, Inc.

The speaker will discuss core questions for both regulatory compliance and chemical safety program implementation.  Topics will  include: inert gas hazards; closed systems for flammable liquids; flash points and fire points for mixtures; hazard mitigation for combustible powders; chemical reaction hazards; electrical classification in labs and dispensing rooms; management of chemical storage and use quantities; ignition control for flammable liquids on plastic equipment; ventilated enclosures for flammable, pyrophoric and highly toxic gases; and fire code requirements for process hazards review.

Chemical Division Roster

Chair: Frank Manley, The Dow Chemical Company

Vice Chair:  Brad Blanchard, The Dow Chemical Company

Committee: 

Garrett Stricker, CSP, SRG Global

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Future Conference Dates

April 17-18, 2018, Lansing, MI

April 16-17, 2019, Grand Rapids, MI

April 7-8, 2020, Grand Rapids, MI

April 13-14, 2021, Lansing, MI 

April 12-13, 2022, Lansing, MI

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