Combustible dust is listed on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) National Emphasis List. As a result, OSHA has increased its enforcement activities for combustible dust. OSHA is aggressively targeting any facility that manufactures, processes, blends, conveys, repackages and/or handles combustible dust(s).
OSHA's National Emphasis Program for combustible dust targets industries that create or handle combustible dusts including but not limited to:
The Chemical Safety Board (CSB) also voted to make the adoption of a combustible dust standard for general industry to be the first priority in the CSB’s “Most Wanted Safety Improvements” program, which will result in stepped-up advocacy for the measure.
Key Findings from the CSB 2006
Combustible Dust Hazard Study Investigative Report:
At least 281 combustible dust fires and explosions occurred in general industry between 1980 and 2005, which
• caused at least 119 fatalities and 718 injuries in the United States;
• included seven catastrophic dust explosions in the past decade, involving multiple fatalities and significant community economic impact; and
• occurred in a wide range of industries and involved many types of combustible dusts.
Combustible Dust Safety Programs
Combustible Dust Training and Implementation
Combustible Dust: An Insidious Hazard - USCSB Video