OSHA has announced two meetings at which it will take comments on combustible dust hazards, a deadly but often poorly recognized hazard.
OSHA said it will use the info to develop a proposed standard for combustible dust. The meetings are scheduled for Feb. 17, 2010, 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., at the Marriott Perimeter Center, 246 Perimeter Center Parkway, Atlanta, Ga., 30346.
"Since 1980, more than 130 workers have been killed and more than 780 injured in combustible dust explosions. A Feb. 7, 2008, explosion at an Imperial Sugar Co. plant in Port Wentworth, Ga., killed 14 people and resulted in OSHA issuing nearly $8.8 million in penalties. OSHA is holding the meeting in Atlanta to make it easy for victims' families and others with relevant information about this deadly incident to attend," the agency said.
See OSHA's report on the status of its Combustible Dust NEP. We understand that this NEP is going to continue to bring changes. Also, check out this video from the Chemical Safety Board on the Imperial explosion
NOTE:Clarion Safety Systemshas responded to the need for proper signage with explicit messages and up-to-date symbolsto help instruct workers and maintenance staff about cleaning procedures. This isa critically important thing to preventing conditions that could lead to a combustible dust explosion. Email one of the experts at Clarion Safety Systems for more information about our new signage for this hazard.