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Get the Facts on Combustible Dust Hazards

Get the Facts on Combustible Dust Hazards

To help organizations eliminate the fire and explosion hazards created by combustible dusts, OSHA has released a new fact sheet that covers the steps leaders must take to control combustible dust clouds (fuel) and prevent catastrophe.

Protecting Workers from Combustible Dust Explosion Hazards outlines three key actions for controlling and avoiding combustible dust-related incidents. Dust must be contained within equipment, systems, or enclosures that are properly designed to safely process combustible dust. Leaders must take measures to prevent dust from process equipment to escape and spread into work areas. And appropriate housekeeping practices are essential to ensure work areas, overhead surfaces, and concealed spaces are free from dust accumulations that could give rise to hazardous dust cloud concentrations.

Importantly, the fact sheet lists the key responsibilities organizations have to keep their workers safe from dust cloud fire and explosion hazards. These responsibilities include creating working conditions that do not pose a risk of serious harm and providing information and training about work place hazards and methods to prevent them.

For over thirty years, we have been helping companies around the world achieve all their process safety goals, including meeting and exceeding OSHA, National Fire Protection (NFPA), and other combustible dust hazard codes, standards, and industry best practices. Our input in support of your efforts to be in compliance with the requirements of OSHA and NFPA 652 will include:

  • Determining combustibility and explosibility hazards of materials
  • Conducting a Dust Hazard Analysis (DHA) - identifying and assessing fire, flash fire, and explosion hazards
  • Managing identified fire, flash fire, and explosion hazards
  • Providing training on practical dust fire and explosion hazard recognition and management techniques
  • Establishing written management systems for operating your facility and equipment to prevent or mitigate fires, deflagrations, and explosions from combustible particulate solids

Contact us to learn more about how we can help you make work safer for everyone.

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Tuesday, 21 January 2020