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CTI EHS Blog: Summary of OSHA Combustible Dust Forum

CTI EHS Blog: Summary of OSHA Combustible Dust Forum

In our attempt to keep you up to date with the current state of afairs on the OSHA ComDust Ruling, here is the latest report from our friend Brian Edwards at Conversion Technology Inc and the EHS Blog, on the latest OSHA Combustible Dust Forum held on May 13, 2011 in D.C.

Summary of OSHA Combustible Dust ForumOn May 13, 2011, OSHA held an Expert Forum on Combustible Dust to discuss possible options for developing a comprehensive rule to address the hazards associated with combustible dust. OSHA’s stated intent was to both protect employees and be cost-effective for employers. The major topics for discussion included: Scope; Focus on Preventing Secondary Explosions; Existing Facilities; and Multiple Layers of Protection. The meeting was divided into these four topics for discussion, and OSHA posed questions from each to the panel of experts. Below are the highlights from the meeting. Scope: The term Scope, in the context of th…

OSHA is expected to issue proposed rule for Combustible Dusts in the spring of 2011

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From WMMA.org the Wood Machinery Manufacturers Association, here is the latest on

Industrial Dust and Wood DustWood dust has become an issue that is at the forefront of today's public policy rule makers.
OSHA is expected to issue proposed rule for Combustible Dusts in the spring of 2011 However, before this rule becomes effective it must pass several hurdles. First, it must be submitted to an SBREFA panel organized under the "Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996". This panel will look at the impact on small businesses. After that a final proposed rule will be posted for public comments. The time for the issue of final rule could be a long time out.
The WMMA Dust Task Force encourages you to get involved when the final proposed rule is issued and give comments to sections that may affect your business and the business of your customers.
NFPA 664 Combustible Dusts Overview is now available! The National Fire Protection Association - NFPA® has issued severa…