Mar 05, 2019 | Written by Chris Giusto | MEP Engineering, Combustible Dust

7 Steps to Complete a Dust Hazard Analysis (DHA)

This blog outlines the process of completing a Dust Hazard Analysis (DHA) as required by NFPA 652.  The term DHA is often used interchangeably with the “analysis” portion of the processes (Step 4 below), but a complete DHA process involves additional steps before and after the analysis.


Feb 05, 2019 | Written by Chris Giusto | MEP Engineering, Combustible Dust

A Practical Guide to 5 Important Properties of Combustible Dusts

In a previous blog, Combustible Dust Fundamentals and NFPA 652, I mentioned having your dust tested to determine important properties that are critical for protecting your personnel and facility.


Jan 03, 2019 | Written by Chris Giusto | MEP Engineering, Combustible Dust

What is a Dust Hazard Analysis (DHA)?

In my last blog I discussed Combustible Dust Fundamentals and NFPA 652 and explained some of the background as to why NFPA 652 requires a Dust Hazard Analysis.  This blog will explain what a DHA is, and answer some other common questions about them.


Dec 20, 2018 | Written by Steve Matthews | MEP Engineering

It's Noisy in this Room!

Engineers are faced with learning and applying codes and standards and have a responsibility to do the absolute best we can when helping a client on a project.  We learn most from our experiences through years of hard knocks and, of course, from other experienced Engineers.


Dec 06, 2018 | Written by Chris Giusto | MEP Engineering, Combustible Dust

Combustible Dust Fundamentals & NFPA 652

With the compliance deadline for completing a Dust Hazard Analysis (DHA) less than two years away, and existing requirements already in place, it is a good time to revisit the “new” NFPA 652 Standard on the Fundamentals of Combustible Dust.  


Nov 27, 2018 | Written by Steve Matthews | Culturally Different, MEP Engineering

It's a Small World

Folks say it all the time! It’s a small world. What fortified it for me is the time my past employer asked me to fly overseas to a military base in South Korea. The Engineer of Record was not able to make the trip, and there had been some issues on a project where we needed to represent our interests and help the owner solve the issues.


Oct 30, 2018 | Written by Jeff Silcox | MEP Engineering

Cryo-Electron Microscopy Laboratories – Planning for Success (Part 1 of 3)

Cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM), where a sample is studied at cryogenic (liquid nitrogen) temperatures and scanning transmission electron microscopy (S-TEM) are words we are hearing a lot these days. Cryo-EM is sweeping through the field of biology, rapidly replacing x-ray crystallography, providing researchers an unprecedented, high resolution view into molecular structure. 


Oct 25, 2018 | Written by Dan Herzig | MEP Engineering

You Talkin’ ‘Bout Me?

"You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me? Then who the hell else are you talkin' to? You talkin' to me? Well I'm the only one here. Who the f*@# do you think you're talking to?" -Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro), Taxi Driver


Oct 18, 2018 | Written by John Butterfield | MEP Engineering

Five Lessons from my Engineering Career

My perception of an engineering career started about the time I was in high school. I had visions of smart young engineers, armed with enthusiasm and technical knowledge solving complex problems that would make the world a better place.


Oct 04, 2018 | Written by Dan Maxwell | Process Control and Plant Automation, MEP Engineering


It is important to have friends in our lives.  They are supportive and understanding. They can also challenge us and make us our best selves.  Friends in business are called partners.  There is a financial relationship between business partners but the best of these relationships have the same features as good friendships.