IChemE teams up with BPE for industry training

IChemE has called upon the expertise of BPE to run an online training series for the advanced chemical engineering industry.

BPE will lead four webinars on dust explosion risk, giving others within the sector the chance to learn from its award-winning knowledge.

Each module will last around an hour and examine the causes and prevention of explosive atmospheres and the requirements of the European ATEX directives and the associated IEC and ISO standards.

Keith Plumb, who will deliver the online training, said: “Our approach to dust explosions has been receiving a great deal of industry praise over recent months, with awards from the likes of HazardEx and Chemicals North West. We’re delighted to be able to share our insights with the rest of the industry through this partnership with IChemE.”

The ATEX directives form the legal requirements in the EU and cover the minimum requirements for improving the health and safety protection of workers potentially at risk from explosive atmospheres and are an approximation of the laws of EU Member States concerning equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres. Similar regulation exists in many countries outside Europe and the IEC and ISO standards are globally applicable.

The course uses a ten-step approach to consider all of the requirements for dust explosion risk reduction whether these are covered by regulations or the IEC/ISO standards.

The modules can be used as stand-alone training sessions or as part of a modular programme and recordings will be available for those who are unable to make the webinars.

To book visit: http://www.icheme.org/dust

Course content

Module 1:  An Introduction to dust explosions


The ATEX directive and IEC/ISO standards
The explosion pentagon
The ten-step approach to managing risk (an introduction)
Q&A and FAQs
Module 2:  Dust explosions and hazardous area classification


Definition of explosive atmospheres
Eight-point hazard area classification methodology
Q&A and FAQs
Module 3: Dust explosions and minimising the sources of ignition


Explosions and particle properties
Sources of ignition
Managing sources of ignition
Q&As and FAQs
Module 4: Dust explosions: reducing the risk and mitigating the consequences


Assessing confinement and explosion consequences
Risk-reduction using simple measures
Residual risk
Oxygen – exclusion and mitigation
Other risk reduction measures
Q&As and FAQs
Webinar schedule – each module approximately 60 minutes

Module 1 – 8 June – 08:00 GMT+1 or 16:00 GMT+1

Module 2 – 22 June – 08:00 GMT+1 or 16:00 GMT+1

Module 3 – 29 June – 08:00 GMT+1 or 16:00 GMT+1

Module 4 – 6 July – 08:00 GMT+1 or 16:00 GMT+1


Module 1: £45 + VAT

Module 2, 3 or 4: £85 + VAT

Full course (4 modules): £235 + VAT

CPD Recording Information

Duration (for CPD recording purposes): 1 hour per module

If you are recording mandatory CPD you should refer to your own regulator’s requirements as recognition of CPD hours may vary.