The Harrington Group

Being Prepared in Fire Safety: Pre-Incident Planning

Posted on Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Most companies understand the importance of emergency response planning for a variety of emergencies including fire, but many do not take the additional step to create a Pre-Incident Plan with their local responding fire department. There is no substitute for being prepared. Pre-incident planning is critical to safe and effective firefighting operations, particularly at industrial

Getting a Handle on Your Combustible Dust Exposure – Part 2

Posted on Thursday, August 11th, 2016

Last week, we reviewed the definition of combustible dust, the “Dust Explosion Pentagon”, and identified several historic dust explosions that have resulted in the tragic loss of many lives. This week, we’ll review applicable industry standards and provide a few recommendations for facilities that handle combustible dust. OSHA In response to the combustible dust explosions

Getting a Handle on Your Combustible Dust Exposure – Part 1

Posted on Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Any facility that handles combustible particulate solids, including dusts, fibers, flocks, flakes, chips, and chunks should be proactive in evaluating the extent of this hazard in their facility and processes. NFPA defines a Combustible Particulate Solid as “Any solid material composed of distinct particles or pieces, regardless of size, shape, or chemical composition that, when

Campus Fire Safety

Posted on Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Next week is August already and soon, college students around the country will return to dorms and off-campus housing. College freshmen will get their first sense of freedom as they cram everything they can’t live without into a 10’x10’ cinder block room shared with a stranger. But with the new freedom of living away from

Things Don’t Always go as Planned….

Posted on Thursday, July 14th, 2016

As fire protection engineers and consultants, we have seen some pretty interesting (and dangerous) things! When contractors are on project sites day after day, working with the same types of equipment again and again, it can become easy to allow the mind to slip into auto-pilot, which then opens the door for some potentially harmful