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Health & Safety in the mill
September 25, 2012
by Pam Davison, Associate uncertainty. Talking to a specialist can help of weakness and look at the impact of ergo-
to keep costs down and make sure that nomics on design and how worker behaviors’
Consultant Wolfson Centre
industry standard solutions are considered can affect the airborne particle level.
for Bulk Solids Handling There is a tour of the Wolfson Centre
Technology, PJD Process Who is the Powder Containment pilot plant and a chance to meet senior staff.
course aimed at? Powder blockages and flow problems can
What is your role in Powder It’s aimed at people who work in indus- lead to releases of powder when lines are
Containment? tries using organic or inorganic particu- opened to clear them or equipment fails.
My role is to work with manufacturers lates, mixtures, blends or powders in their Sometimes solving an underlying process-
to reduce the health risks to workers when processing as raw materials, intermediates or ing or equipment problem means airborne
working with particulates and powders. products. They may be managers, supervi- powder issues can be eliminated.
It can include assessing and documenting sors, safety, engineering or other technical There is a surgery for individual advice at
the risks for a specific material and proc- staff making the business case for change, the end of the day.
ess, prioritising the problems and finding responding to process developments and/ or
cost effective solutions. Materials can be providing and installing solutions. With so many training courses
very different in their potential to harm. available, why should people
Particle size, dustiness, the process, equip- What are the themes of the attend a Powder Containment
ment, amount of material, how many and Powder Containment course? course?
what manual operations are done can The main themes are; perceptions and For powders and particulates ‘the devil is
be different for different products. These consequences (for example, did you know in the detail’. Understanding is often built up
things affect the potential exposure. If that flour dust can cause asthma?), capture over time by experience in the workplace.
there isn’t much experience of successful and containment, equipment selection and Industry and regulators now expect a faster,
dust problem solving in a company it adds performance expectations. more accurate and cost effect response to
Fire and explosion risks are mentioned problems as Health and Safety is involved.
but not dealt with in any detail. There is a This course gives a good grounding, provides
separate in- depth one-day course available tools for immediate use and references and
on this topic entitled Dust Explosions – how contacts for follow up questions.
to manage DSEAR/ATEX compliance. There
are also sections on this important subject What are you most excited about
included on the Biomass Handling, Feeding for Powder Containment?
and Storage course, as well as briefly on the Every course brings a new mix of industries
general Overview of Particulate Handling so I always learn something new about a dif-
Technology course. ferent set of materials, products or processes.
It is good for people to realise that others
What can participants expect to have similar problems and that solutions can
see and do? cross over between different types of industry
Attendees often come from very differ- where they may be tried and tested.
ent industries. We encourage participation
and ask attendees to share their issues and How has the Powder
offer ideas for solutions. Containment course changed
We look at some different risk assess- and developed?
ment approaches including the UK H&SE 5 Course numbers are limited to allow time
step approach, a case study and HSG258 for for discussion and sharing of experiences
airflow capture systems. and concerns. The location is the Medway
Barrier systems are reviewed for higher risk campus of the University of Greenwich at
materials with the opportunity to discuss points Chatham Maritime in Kent.
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Course content has been added to with information
on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and restric-
tion of CHemicals (REACH) legislation and its impact on
This course is part of a suite available at the Wolfson
Centre for Bulk Solid Handling Technology. Other courses
delivered at the Medway campus include:
• Storage and Discharge of Powders and Bulk Solids;
• Pneumatic Conveying of Bulk Solids;
• Segregation, Degradation and Caking;
• Overview of Particulate Handling Technology;
• Dust Explosions – How to manage DSEAR/ATEX
Our grain storage systems
• Evaluation of Electrostatics in powder handling; come with six continents
• Practical Powder Characterisation for Industry.
All courses are also available as in-company courses, to be
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News July - August 2012
Hygienic designed weighfeeder for ease of cleaning
he MULTIDOS® L Weighfeeder standardised modular system with a band
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Kiotechagil improves its Neutrox
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w h ic h h a s ad d e d m o u l d co n t ro l .
Neutox combines highly ef fec tive
ingredient s to help overcome the
amorphous silicate compliments the
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The four active components of Neutox
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areas for both polar and non-polar
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