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Fauske & Associates, LLC

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FAUSKE & ASSOCIATES, LLC (FAI) PROVIDES FULL SCALE RISK MANAGEMENT SERVICES


Burr Ridge, IL-


In response to rapidly growing safety needs in the process chemical, industrial and nuclear industries, Fauske & Associates, LLC (FAI) has expanded its Risk Management Services which include Combustible Dust Explosion and Fire Hazard Evaluation, Relief System Design Review, Layers of Protection Analysis (LOPA), Process Safety Management (PSM) Support, Process Hazards Analysis, Safe Process Scale-up, Process Safety Program Development, Incident Investigation, and Process Safety Due Diligence for Acquisitions and Mergers.


‘Providing high quality testing services to the chemical, industrial and nuclear industries for over 31 years, FAI experts are qualified to review, evaluate and perform onsite assessments as well as provide onsite training of personnel, testing of customer samples and vent sizing calculations,’ states President H. Kristian Fauske.‘We are not just a one-stop process safety shop; we are a comprehensive resource.’


1. FAI offers a wide range of services related to characterizing, preventing and mitigating combustible dust explosion and fire hazards:
A. Onsite Dust Hazard Assessments Experienced FAI engineers perform site visits to review receiving, storage, use, processing, and disposal of all ’powder’ materials. They evaluate existing dust/powder handling equipment, fire / explosion suppression system(s), warning devices, and onsite extinguishing capabilities. Possibilities for fugitive dust are identified where appropriate. Additionally, FAI provides:
1. Evaluation of compliance with relevant national, local and industry standards
2. Incident investigation for dust explosions/fires
3. Electrostatic hazards including evaluation of grounding and bonding issues
4. Recommendations for risk reduction
5. Identification of dust sampling points and collection of samples for dust explosibility testing
B. Combustible Dust NEP Compliance
6. Preparation for an OSHA Combustible Dust NEP inspection, including appropriate guidance to inspectors’ questions
7. Documentation review for OSHA Combustible Dust NEP and NFPA requirements
8. Testing services available to meet all OSHA Combustible Dust NEP and NFPA requirements
9. Conduct employee training to comply with OSHA Combustible Dust NEP requirements
C. Additional Combustible Dust and Flammability Services
1. Ignition source evaluation (NFPA 654 and 77)
2. Vent size calculations for new or existing equipment (American and European standards)
3. Electrical area equipment classification (NFPA 499)Training of personnel (management, employees, EH&S professionals)

4. Integration of combustible dust hazard management into existing process safety programs for process safety management (PSM) facilities
5. Development of process safety programs to manage combustible dust hazards for all facilities


2. Process Hazard Analysis (PHA) / Layers of Protection Analysis (LOPA)- PHA’s can be used to identify hazards that can be overlooked such as start-up, normal shutdown and emergency shutdown as well as during normal operation of a process. FAI experts assist customers to incorporate these elements into a successful and complete PHA.


LOPA is often paired with a process hazard analysis (PHA); it is used to evaluate scenario risk compared to risk tolerance criteria to decide if existing safeguards are adequate, and if additional safeguards are needed. LOPA helps direct limited resources to the most critical safeguards. It is an ideal tool to use in conjunction with a PHA revalidation.


3. FAI provides services for all fourteen elements of Process Safety Management (PSM). Consultation typically begins with a compliance audit or gap analysis which can be used to identify and prioritize needs. FAI works with clients to develop a PSM program and a process that will result in compliance and operational improvement. When PSM is implemented properly, it will result in increased knowledge of the process which can be utilized to improve safety, reduce operating costs, increase productivity, and make organizations more competitive. Focus areas include the following:
A. Process Hazard Analysis and Revalidation (PHA) ’ audit, lead, coach, review
B. Process Safety Information (PSI) ’ identify safe chemical storage & process conditions
C. Mechanical Integrity (MI) ’ program development, training, inspection & testing
D. Management of Change (MOC) ’ determine relevant changes and proper documentation
E. Operating Procedures ’ review and development
F. Training ’ be confident that employees and contractors are fully aware of all hazards associated with the chemicals and process that they use on the job
G. Emergency Planning and Response ’ plan for notifying emergency responders, emergency shutdown procedures and precautions to protect employees and the public
H. OSHA Combustible Dust NEP ’ full range of testing to identify a sample’s hazardous characteristics


4. FAI performs safe scale-up of batch, semi-batch and continuous processes and are able to consult with process development groups involved in the scale-up of chemical processes throughout the development cycle.
A. Onsite or desktop review
B. Determine critical process parameters to avoid or mitigate unwanted reactivity

C. Development of customized scale-up program designed for safer operation at various stages
D. Independent safety assessment


5. Process Safety Program Development can be performed including kilo lab, pilot plant, medium scale and commercial scale plants.
A. Auditing, reporting and presenting
B. Gap assessment to identify and prioritize needs
C. Process Validation
D. Safe scale-up guidance
E. Development report documentation
F. Consulting on process safety issues for change control (management of change)


6. FAI safety experts perform Incident Investigation to discover possible conditions that led to a recent fire, explosion, safety incident, or near miss. FAI performs root cause analysis to establish the initiating cause of the event, assist in identifying scenarios that led to the incident, and ascertain if follow-up testing is necessary. FAI operates a full service lab that can determine the hazard potential of a given situation. Test capabilities include dust explosion severity, flammability and chemical reactivity (contamination, material incompatibility, loss of power or agitation, additional upset conditions and more). Results can be used to provide litigation support or expert witness testimony.


7. Dr. Hans K. Fauske served as the principal investigator and leader of the Design Institute of Emergency Relief Systems (DIERS) research project team. FAI continues to participate in this organization and contribute to developments in Relief System Design technology. Years of testing experience affords FAI the unique ability to consult on this topic with proficiency:
A. Third party review of existing relief system design
B. Provide cost-effective solutions if existing relief system design is not adequate
C. Ensure current design basis is appropriate and credible
D. Specialists in effluent control for two-phase flow systems
E. Develop / review pressure relief guidelines


8. Process Safety Due Diligence for Acquisitions and Mergers – FAI reviews compliance with applicable regulations and guidelines. Gap analysis’ are performed and recommendations for areas of priority are made:
A. Evaluate PSM status and other regulatory compliance issues
B. Overall process review
C. Environmental concerns including Phase I and Phase II evaluations


9. Dr. Hans K. Fauske served as the principal investigator and leader of the Design Institute of Emergency Relief Systems (DIERS) research project team. FAI continues to participate in this organization and contribute to developments in Relief System Design technology. Years of testing experience affords FAI the unique ability to consult on this topic with proficiency:
A. Third party review of existing relief system design
B. Provide cost-effective solutions if existing relief system design is not adequate
C. Ensure current design basis is appropriate and credible
D. Specialists in effluent control for two-phase flow systems
E. Develop / review pressure relief guidelines


In addition to consulting services, FAI has a full-service lab offering a wide variety of recognized calorimetric techniques and methods to quantify hazards of the desired reaction. FAI works with clients to help identify a worst-case scenario and conduct the proper isothermal and adiabatic calorimetric tests to identify safe process control limits, time-to-maximum rate, emergency vent sizing and other critical process parameters to quantify and understand the adverse or unwanted reactivity.


For more information, please contact Ms. Amy Theis, Manager, Chemical Testing & QA Services at theis@fauske.com or call +1(630) 887-5211 or Mr. Russell Lee, Director of Sales and Business Development at rlee@fauske.com or call + 1 (630) 877-5285. Please also visit www.Fauske.com or call +1-877-FAUSKE-1.

Company Fauske & Associates, LLC
Address 16w070 83rd Street
ZIP Code + City 60527 Burr Ridge
Country United States
Phone number 630-887-5285
Fax number 630-986-5481
Email rlee@fauske.com
Website www.fauske.com
Contact Email Phone number Department Position
Mr. Lee, Russell rlee@fauske.com 630-887-5285 Sales Director of Business Development
Ms./Mrs. Fauske, AnnMarie afauske@fauske.com 630-887-5213 Marketing Marketing Engineer

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