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Imperial Sugar Supports Dust Standard Creation

Imperial Sugar Supports Dust Standard Creation

Imperial Sugar Supports Dust Standard Creation | Imperial Sugar ...
By isc
Imperial will, as it has since the explosion in Port Wentworth, continue to be a strong supporter of the creation of a rigorous common combustible dust standard for all industries. Those who resist a standard on the issue of cost alone ...
Imperial Sugar Company Online Newsroom - http://www.iscnewsroom.com/

Special Report: ComDust update

From Woodworking Network and Modern Woodworking Magazine, a new article from our friend Jamison Scott at Air Handling Systems, titled: Explosive: Combustible dust issue.  This is a good primer on combustible dust with illustrations, including current legislative efforts you should be aware of , additional resources, and other related articles.

Special Report: ComDust Update If your company processes wood flour, or produces fine particles of wood dust during machining operations, you have the potential for a combustible dust explosion. Learn more about ComDust prevention, resources and more. Video: Reenactment of the fatal Imperial Sugar plant dust explosion.

Safety Tip of the Week - Combustible Dust

Safety Video of the week: Combustible Dust.
From our friends at Canadian Occupational Safety.

Safety Tip of the Week - Combustible Dust
How to avoid deadly explosions from combustible dust.

Fire suppression system douses fire at power plant in Kenosh

This story is a good example of the result in being proactive in preventing dust collector fires!

The fire was extinguished before the fire department arrived.  The result - no injuries, minimal down time, fire department goodwill, and preserved reputation in industry and the community.

(Note however, that we were not involved in the protection of this particular plant)

Fire suppression system douses fire at power plant in Kenoshfox6now.comA fire at the power plant in Pleasant Prairie in Kenosha County was knocked down by a fire suppression system. This, according to officials with We Energies.More...(Industry News)

Industries tell OSHA officials that regulating dust can be complex, expensive | The Augusta Chronicle

The 5 Points of discussion for the OSHA Combustible Dust Stakeholder Meeting February 17, 2010 Atlanta, Georgia:

1. NFPA Standards - Benefits and challenges.  Should they be used as OSHA Standards or compliance alternatives?
2. Scope - What facilites and combustible dusts should be covered or not, and on what technical basis?
3. Economic Impact - Costs and benefits of proposed rules and regulatory approaches? 
4. Hazard Mitigation - Where and how engineering and administrative controls are applied, methods of analysis?
5. Additional topics - questions, comments, topics.


12 Lessons learned from the OSHA Combustible Dust Stakeholder Meeting February 17, 2010 1:00pm Session:

1. The lack of participation by local and regional companies affected by the new OSHA Combustible Dust Standard, and other industry professionals is perplexing.
2. There is no deadline for creating the new OSHA Combustible Dust Standard.
3. Generally defining Combustible Dust industry wide is a very complex issue.
4.…

Combustible Dust Hazards and Dust Explosions - Short Course from ASME

Combustible Dust Hazards and Dust Explosions - Short Course
Familiarize yourself with the knowledge and tools you will need to examine your workplace for the hazards, assess protection needs, and to comply with the ...

To Avoid OSHA Citation, Firms Must Deal with Dust

Good Comments form Perry Bennett, Health, Safety and Environmental director at Molded Fiber Glass Companies. He spoke to COMPOSITES 2010 attendees about mitigating and controlling combustible dusts in FRP processes.
To Avoid OSHA Citation, Firms Must Deal with Dust | Composites2010
By CM Magazine
Dust may seem innocuous, but it can cast an expensive cloud on manufacturing facilities. The accumulation of suspended, combustible sugar dust can spark...
Composites2010 - http://www.composites2010.com/

Combustible Dust: What You Need to Know | Material Handling Management Online

Combustible Dust: What You Need to Know | Material Handling Management Onlin

Here is a good primer (no pun intended) on Combustible Dust in manufacturing processes from Material Handling Management, Online by Michael A. Maxwell, Griffin Filters.  It explains some of the chemical process involved in a fire, heat and gas generation, and the flame front and pressure wave dynamics in a deflagration or explosion, as well as dust hazard reduction and OSHA compliance.

Combustible Dust: What You Need to Know | Material Handling ...
Prepare for OSHA's new combustible dust standard by learning about dust explosions and how to prevent them.