Kansas State University will offer a combustible grain dust prevention workshop teaching advanced mitigation methods on July 28 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Kansas City, Mo., prior to the Elevator Design Conference co-sponsored by the National Grain and Feed Association and Grain Journal. The workshop is free and will be hosted at the Westin Kansas City at Crown Center.

The three-hour training will focus on housekeeping practices, proper grain unloading and grain handling and controls, with a demonstration of sensors and other engineering controls. In this advanced training program, the emphasis will be on controlling dust in the grain receiving area, spouting design, bucket elevator safety, sensors for bucket elevators and other material handling equipment. In addition, the course will cover venting, explosion suppression and isolation.

“The past two years, we have focused on increasing awareness of basic grain dust explosion understanding and mitigation techniques,” said Kingsly Ambrose, project leader and K-State assistant professor in the Department of Grain Science and Industry. “Now we will go beyond this to research-based mitigation methods.”

As a result of the workshop, participants will be able to identify active steps to mitigate immediate threats, improve their knowledge on dust mitigation methods and have a better understanding of equipment used throughout a grain handling facility.

This initiative is funded through a grant from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Labor.

Online registration for the workshop is available at www.grains.k-state.edu/igp/. More information is also available by contacting Ambrose at graindust@k-state.edu or 785-532-4091.