Industrial Explosion Protection

Code & Standards

Each explosion protection technology is covered by one or more international standards. From a quality perspective, BS&B technology is manufactured under the control of a quality system registered under ISO 9001.

Technical Standards in the United States:
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
The technical standards for BS&B technology are developed and published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). NFPA 68 covers Deflagration Venting while NFPA 69 covers all other Explosion Prevention Systems. For guidance, NFPA 654: 2006 revision is recommended; ‘Standard for the Prevention of Fire and Dust Explosions from the Manufacturing, Processing, and Handling of Combustible Particulate Solids’. Download PDF Here

OSHA Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program
The United States Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has created a national regulatory standard for combustible dust hazards” in the United States. The “Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program” (NEP); document CPL 03-00-006 by the Directorate of Enforcement Programs describes their policies and procedures regarding inspection of facilities that hand combustible dust as well as their expectations regarding owner/operator compliance with US Safety Standards. The scope is “OSHA-wide” and will be administered by national, regional and area offices. Download PDF Here

Technical Standards in Europe:
ATEX directive and related harmonized standards apply.
Certain safety equipment is approved under technical standards written by and managed by FM Global.

The table below is provided as a summary. Codes and Standards are continuously changing. Please check with BS&B for the latest information.

  ISO 9001 NFPA 654 OSHA Directive NFPA 68 NFPA 69 ATEX FM Global
Explosion Vents * * * *   *  
Explosion Suppression * * *   * * *
Chemical Isolation * * *   * *  
Mechanical Isolation * * *   * *  
Flameless Venting * * * *   * *
Building Vents *     *      
Spark Detection & Extinguishing strong> *         *