Increased interest in OSHA Directives regarding Explosive Dust?

Last week, we were invited to a customer site to review the results of an OSHA visit for dust issues and to determine the curative steps to achieve compliance. This appears to be trending upward. In the last six months we have noted an increase in OSHA dust related Customer Site visits and an increase in Customer requests to provide equipment and expertise to address combustible dust issues. Simply read the national news to see that due to combustable dust explosions in recent years, safety agencies are taking a heightened interest in Combustible Dust Control.

Additionally, there is a  Meeting Summary Report that was issued on February 9, 2010. This report summarizes key discussion points during two stakeholder meetings that OSHA convened pertaining to its rulemaking on combustible dust. The two 3-hour meetings were held on December 14, 2009, at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center in Washington, D.C.

You can read the above mentioned event’s OSHA report at:    http://tinyurl.com/32p6t7o

Doesn’t OSHA already have a program for Combustible Dust? The existing OSHA Combustible Dust Emphasis Program (effective date 03/08/2008)  addresses these categories

  • Metal dust such as aluminum and magnesium.
  • Wood dust
  • Coal and other carbon dusts.
  • Plastic dust and additives
  • Biosolids
  • Other organic dust such as sugar, flour, paper, soap, and dried blood.
  • Certain textile materials.

You can read the current Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program (Reissued) at: http://tinyurl.com/23oncr5

O.A. Newton has expertise in these areas to assist you. If you are interested in having the existing Dust Handling Systems at your facilities reviewed for an Explosion Relief Retrofit, please contact O.A. Newton directly. We provide Engineered Material Handling Solutions to a Global Customer base.

Greg Mareski, Business Development Manager, O.A. Newton, Engineered Material Handling Systems.


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One Response to “Increased interest in OSHA Directives regarding Explosive Dust?”

  1. air filtration Says:

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