NFPA 654 (2013) on Combustible Dust Accumulated Outside of Equipment: How Much is Too Much

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has amended and re-issued a major voluntary consensus standard for the prevention of dust fires and explosions. It applies to facilities manufacturing, processing, and handling combustible particulate solids and dusts that are not addressed by more specific standards.

Join ASSE's Mike Serpe and Joseph Howicz in this important webcast covering these changes. During this interactive virtual event, the presenters will describes major changes in NFPA 654 (2013) regarding assessment of the hazards of combustible dust accumulations outside of fixed equipment and housekeeping to control those hazards.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify performance methods usd to determine and evaluate the mass of dust accumulated outside fixed equipment.
  • Discover how the standard attempts to require a more accurate assessment of the degree of combustible dust explosion and/or flash fire hazard presented by accumulated dust outside of equipment.
  • Explore various assessment techniques
  • Recall Mass Methods and a Risk Evaluation method.
  • Discuss how NFPA 654 (2013) requires that the facility's hazard assessment be related to the frequency of housekeeping and cleaning activities
  • Discover how the standard provides for an ordered sequence for the procedures necessary for the safe removal of combustible dust.


  • Webcast with 30 day access to archived recording for ANYTIME/ANYWHERE viewing
  • Slides from the session
  • 0.2 CEUs

Webinar Pricing

  • Member Price: $95.00
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  • List Price: $115.00

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About the Speakers

Michael Serpe, CSP

Mike Serpe is Director of Training and Audits at Accident Prevention Corporation.

In this role, he designs and implements OSHA and EPA compliance programs, policies and procedures for clients. In addition, Mr. Serpe conducts facility OSHA-style safety audits as well as provides consultation services to companies in the areas of OSHA, EPA and ISO 14001 compliance.

Priot to joining Accident Prevention Corporation, Mr. Serpe was Corporate Director Environmental, Health & Safety for Klein Tools, Inc. In this role, he directed OSHA and EPA compliance activities at seven corporate divisions. While at Klein Tools, Mike achieved 75% reduction in employee injury and illness rate.

Joseph P. Howicz

Joe Howicz is an Occupational Safety and Fire Protection Expert at Accident Prevention Corporation

In this role, Mr. Howicz facilitates occupational safety and health training courses. In addition to his role as a facilitator, he also researches and investigates OSHA compliance problems, audits workplace safety and health programs and investigates accidents.

Prior to joining Accident Prevention Corporation, Mr. Howicz spent over 20 years with OSHA as an instructor. During this time, he also served as principal subject matter expert for the OTI Fire Protection and Life Safety, Chemical Industry and Spray Finishing Courses. Projects included development of on-line courses and revision of instructional designs.

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