Applied Environmental Health & Safety, Inc.
  A Professional Environmental Health and Occupational Safety Consulting & Training Firm. 
Combustible Dust

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:

    • Chemicals
    • Food Product
    • Agriculture
    • Textiles
    • Forest and furniture products
    • Metal processing
    • Tire and rubber manufacturing plants
    • Paper products
    • Pharmaceuticals
    • Wastewater treatment
    • Recycling operations (metal, paper, and plastic.)

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.
 
  

The CSB report also estimated, that the explosion that devastated a pharmaceutical plant in 2003 and killed six employees was caused by dust accumulations mainly under 0.25 inches deep. The NFPA warns that more than 1/32 of an inch of dust over 5 percent of a room’s surface area presents a significant explosion hazard.


Applied Environmental Health & Safety, Inc.
consultants are experienced in identifying and reducing hazards from combustible dust at industrial facilities. Our Certified Safety Professionals
and Certified Industrial Hygienists are knowledgeable of NFPA and OSHA standards and are available to assist you.

Dust Fire & Explosion Hazard Analysis  

Engineering Design & NFPA Compliance Review

               Combustible Dust Safety Programs                 

Combustible Dust Training and Implementation


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