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Proven strategies for combustible dust/reactive material management


Combustible dusts are generated in many of our modern day manufacturing processes.

Reactive chemicals have generated advances in materials, pharmaceuticals, and other manufacturing that have extended life expectancy and improved quality of life.

The material properties that allow for these innovations have also led to some of the worst industrial accidents in history. The solution is to understand the hazards of materials and prevent unwanted incidents.

Let us help you better understand the hazards of your materials and operations to protect your innovation.


Testing to characterize the dust, DHA to identify hazards, and training to help your employees avoid an unwanted event. Designed to get you into compliance.


Chemical reactivity evaluation to characterize the hazard, PHA to evaluate operations and training to support your employees.


To define the samples to take, the testing to be conducted, and the first tasks to complete. This high level review provides a roadmap to get you started.


Links to relevant standards, helpful articles, and useful websites on combustible dust and reactive chemical hazard management. Your place to find the answers.


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Mica was founded by Michelle Murphy, a chemical engineer, with deep experience applying process safety concepts to avoid catastrophic events. Michelle designed, built, and managed a process safety laboratory. From her experience applying test data to reduce operational risk, she knows first-hand that each installation and manufacturing environment is unique. She has helped 100s of companies find the most cost-effective solutions for their operations. Her approaches have been published in many prestigious journals and periodicals.


Michelle has worked with companies in food, chemical, petrochemical, metal, automotive, and pharmaceutical industries. Avoiding fires and explosions while handling combustible dusts/reactive chemicals requires predicting material behavior under abnormal conditions. Michelle brings process operation knowledge, test data interpretation experience, and hazard identification skills to simplify the process of characterizing, identifying, and reducing the risk of handling hazardous materials.


To share knowledge in a way that allows us all to sleep at night.

Our Founder


How can we protect your operation?

Tel: 603-303-7863

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