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March 05, 2014
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Combustible Dust Prevention Workshops Planned for the Mid America Farm Show in Salina, Kan.

Free training for everyone who handles, transports or stores grain

MANHATTAN, Kan. – As on-farm grain storage increases, and the size of bins and silos expands it is even more important for everyone to understand the risks and causes of grain dust explosions. Anyone who handles grain, from family farms to county elevators to export facilities, should be informed on how to prevent grain dust explosions.

Kansas State University will offer its popular Combustible Dust Workshop at the Mid America Farm Show in Salina, Kan. on Thursday, March 27, 2014 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

“Grain dust does not discriminate between on-farm grain storage and commercial storage – all grain dust has the potential to create an explosion,” said program coordinator and K-State assistant grain science professor, Kingsly Ambrose.

The workshop will create awareness regarding grain dust explosion hazards among workers and supervisors, Ambrose said. The workshops, along with handouts and lecture materials are offered free of charge to participants.

The initiative is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor – Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Grain dust explosions are caused by five factors: powder-fine grain dust, confinement of dust in an enclosed space, dust dispersion, an ignition source and oxygen. Reducing combustible dust, keeping it out of the air and controlling ignition sources can significantly reduce the number and extent of grain dust explosions, Ambrose said.

Online registration for the workshops is available at International Grains Program (scroll down on the right side). More information is also available by contacting Ambrose at graindust@k-state.edu or 785-532-4091.

Disclaimer: This material was produced under the grant number SH23539SH2 from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor.  It does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U. S. Government.


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Story by: Heather Cook
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