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2014 International Biomass Conference and Expo

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Come see us at the 2014 International Biomass Conference and Expo - Where I will be speaking on:
"Practical Prevention of Combustible Dust Fires and Explosions in Biomass Industry"





Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass
Vital Safety Considerations for Manufacturers, Handlers, and Shippers of Wood Pellets
Combustible
dust presents a very real safety hazard that must be fully understood
and carefully monitored if plant operators intend to keep their staff
and their facilities away from an unwanted occurrence. Additionally, as
the practice of stockpiling more and more woody biomass becomes routine,
an awareness of carbon monoxide offgassing is emerging as a leading
safety consideration wherever woody biomass is found in bulk. This panel
will provide pellet producers and pellet handlers with the information
they need to keep their operation a safe work environment.

Moderator: Cam McAlpine, President, PRMedia Strategic CommunicationsMark Fecke, Managing Engineer , Exponent -…

WorkSafeBC Combustible Dust Initiative Overview

From WorkSafeBC.com

WorkSafeBC Combustible Dust Initiative Overview ResourcesProject Summary Report: Combustible Dust Sustained Compliance Initiative
Richmond, B.C., March 4, 2014

— On January 31, 2014, WorkSafeBC concluded a three-month inspection of
all active sawmills across B.C. The inspections began November 1,
2013. These targeted inspections were in support of the ongoing
Combustible Dust Strategy that was initiated in 2012. The objective of
these targeted inspections was to evaluate current compliance with
combustible dust management requirements, and confirm that every sawmill
has an effective and sustainable plan for the management of wood dust. A
core team of 10 prevention officers conducted the inspections. In
total, 144 locations were inspected.

WorkSafeBC officers conducted these
inspections to monitor how effectively mills were meeting their
combustible dust management requirements. Under the Workers Compensation Act,
all employers have the legal responsibilit…

OSHA Issues Guidance for Inspectors on Combustible Dust

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From the National Law Review.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Issues Guidance for Inspectors on Combustible Dust | The National Law Review


Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Issues Guidance for Inspectors on Combustible Dust






Article By:

Bradford T. Hammock Henry Chajet Mark Savit Jackson Lewis P.C.


OSHA inspectors must consider a manufacturer’s or importer’s use of
information gained from actual explosion events, lab testing, published
data on similar materials or particle size to assure they have properly
classified their products for combustible dust hazards under the revised
Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), OSHA said in a recent guidance
memorandum.


The agency’s HCS was revised to bring it into harmony with a global
standard. Since that standard does not contain a classification for
combustible dust hazards, OSHA amended the standard's definition of
“hazardous chemical” to include combustible dust so as to mainta…

Fact Sheet: 2011 Combustible Dust Related Incidents, NFIRS Analysis

From Combustible Dust Explosions and Fires-ATEX blog and our friend John Astad at combustible Dust Policy Institute 

Friday, April 12, 2013
Fact Sheet: 2011 Combustible Dust Related Incidents, NFIRS Analysis

Fact Sheet: 2011 Combustible Dust Related Incidents, NFIRS Analysis from Combustible Dust Policy Institute



A Combustible Dust Policy Institute (CDPI) preliminary analysis of 2011 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incident data provided by the National Fire Data Center of the U.S. Fire Administration indicated over 500 combustible dust related incidents in manufacturing facilities where dust was the item first ignited. Near misses include incidents that did not result in any harm to personnel, the facility, process, or product. Analysis did not include the grain sector or coal-fired energy plants. Additionally, the CDPI analysis does not include many incidents that were not reported by fire departments to the National Fire Data Center. As a result there are ma…