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Combustible dust workshops scheduled

Published 7/6/2013 in Business : Business

MANHATTAN — In order to increase safety awareness at grain elevators, feed mills and other grain processing facilities, Kansas State University's Department of Grain Science and Industry is offering workshops in English and Spanish to address combustible dust hazards.

Project leader Kingsly Ambrose, assistant professor in Grain Science and Industry, said the interactive workshops will create awareness regarding grain dust explosion hazards among workers and supervisors. The workshops, handouts and lecture materials are free.

Workshops will be held at the following Kansas locations in conjunction with the Kansas Grain and Feed Association:

* Aug. 13 in Garden City at the Southwest Research-Extension Office. The course in English will be offered from 8 a.m. to noon and the Spanish course will be offered from 1-5 p.m.

* Aug. 14 in Colby at the Colby Convention Center from 8 a.m. to noon.

* Aug. 16 in Wichita at the Sedgwick County Extension Office from 1 to 5 p.m.

* Aug. 19 in Salina at the Salina Courtyard Marriott from 1 to 5 p.m.

* Aug. 20 in Seneca at the Nemaha County Community Building from 1 to 5 p.m.

"It is important to educate supervisors and managers on training their employees using best practices to curtail the risk of dust explosions," said Dirk Maier, head of the Department of Grain Science and Industry at K-State. "This workshop will communicate practical risk information on dust hazards to mitigate fatalities and loss in grain handling and processing facilities."

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