Understanding and Assessing Ignition Sources

Practical guidance to reduce fire and explosion risks

Fires and explosions can always be traced back to a source of ignition, which makes this topic essential for companies at risk of such incidents. Indeed, understanding this topic is integral to any safety assessment aimed at keeping people, assets and the environment safe.

A match is the most common example of an ignition source
A match is the most common ignition example

This webinar introduces ignition sources to personnel at all levels working in the chemical, process safety or other vulnerable industries. Beginning with an explanation of the mechanics of fires and explosions, our experts go on to discuss various sources of ignition, such as static electricity. Special attention is given to the “active effective” assessment technique, which provides a practical way of thinking about and assessing ignition sources.

The ignition sources that will be discussed are those main ignition sources found in industry such as those arising from electrical and mechanical equipment, hot work, static electricity and self-heating. This is not a webinar for equipment manufacturers, but a webinar for equipment users who have to identify and manage ignition sources in their process.

Join two of DEKRA’s global experts as they explain the most relevant elements of understanding and assessing ignition sources and respond to your questions on the topic in this 3-hour webinar. Additional material such as presentations, transcripts etc. will not be supplied. For your convenience, the webinar will be delivered at two different times to accommodate participants from multiple time zones. We offer the webinars for 95 € per webinar per participant.

Topics covered

  • Components of fire and explosion
  • The “active effective” thinking process
  • Understanding and handling ignition from mechanical and electrical equipment
  • Static electricity

Intended audience

This training is designed for anyone involved in or making decisions about HSE functions, from top management and health and safety specialists to stakeholders at every organizational level. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Plant and project managers
  • Process control specialists
  • Risk assessors
  • Line managers and shift supervisors
  • EPC companies

Dates and times

23rd March 2021

Registrations will be opened soon!

Meet the trainers

Dr. Joseph-Marc François

Dr. Joseph-Marc François obtained a PhD in fluid mechanics at the University Claude Bernard Lyon I.

After gaining over 10 years of precious industrial experience in vibrations propagations studies and spending 8 years working on numerical simulation of various chemical processes, he specialized in process safety at Rhone‑Poulenc (then Rhodia and now SOLVAY) where he was the manager of the process safety laboratory and a recognized process safety engineer.

In 2003, keen to expand his competence in process safety, he created the French branch of the Chilworth group (now DEKRA Process Safety) which, under his leadership, has grown as a technical reference and expert leader group in the area of process safety in France and Europe.

Dr. François has served on several European standardization working groups including the Comité Européen de Normalisation (CEN) and OECD-IGUS (International Group of users of Unstable Substances).

Wahid Azizi

Wahid Azizi is a Senior Process Safety Specialist (Electrostatics) working for Dekra Process Safety over the past 8 years. He is the global champion on industrial explosion hazards for DEKRA Process Safety.

Prior to joining DEKRA Process Safety, Wahid worked as a Technical Safety Leader at Procter & Gamble.

He has knowledge and expertise in various areas of process safety; risk assessments techniques (HAZOP, LOPA, FTA), consequence modelling, ATEX/DSEAR assessments, SEVESO/COMAH consulting, electrostatics assessments and mechanical integrity programmes.

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