Bill to Prevent Combustible Industrial Dust Explosions Re-Introduced in the House

Excellent Combustible Dust Seminar - Training Video WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.), the senior Democratic member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, Rep. John Barrow (D-GA), and Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT), the senior Democrat of the Workforce Protections Subcommittee, reintroduced legislation today to prevent workplace explosions caused by combustible industrial … Continue reading Bill to Prevent Combustible Industrial Dust Explosions Re-Introduced in the House

Combustible Dust: An Insidious Hazard

Any combustible material (and some materials normally considered noncombustible) can burn rapidly when in a finely divided form. If such a dust is suspended in air in the right concentration, it can become explosive. The force from such an explosion can cause employee deaths, injuries, and destruction of entire buildings. Such incidents have killed scores … Continue reading Combustible Dust: An Insidious Hazard

OSHA NEP Conflicting With Fire Service Combustible Dust Fire Response

Wheel Alignment or New Tire? Earlier this year a combustible dust fire and explosion at a North Carolina fiber recovery facility resulting in four injuries has safety professionals scratching their heads and wondering why OSHA continues to ignore the multitude of manufacturing sub-sectors (NAICS) in the OSHA Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program ((NEP). For instance, … Continue reading OSHA NEP Conflicting With Fire Service Combustible Dust Fire Response

Firefighter Injuries Unacceptable Combating Combustible Dust Related Fires

By John Astad Recent firefighter injuries such as fighting a combustible dust related fire at plastics material and resin manufacturing are unacceptable. This brings back dark memories of the 1993 fire and catastrophic dust explosion at a wood fiber facility in Langerak, Netherlands resulting in 2 firefighter fatalities and 10 firefighter injuries. A question arises … Continue reading Firefighter Injuries Unacceptable Combating Combustible Dust Related Fires

OSHA Levies Penalties After Explosion at Austin, Texas Recycling Plant

The US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Electronic Recycling and Trading Co. with 14 serious violations after two workers were injured from a combustible dust explosion at the company's work site in Austin, Texas. Proposed penalties total $60,060. "Employers must ensure their workplaces are evaluated for hazards and take … Continue reading OSHA Levies Penalties After Explosion at Austin, Texas Recycling Plant

Free Webinar: Haven’t Heard of Combustible Dust?… You Will. June 28, 2012 @ 2PM ET

Free Live Webinar Thursday, June 28th 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT Duration: 60 Minutes Haven’t Heard of Combustible Dust? ....You will. An EHS Today Webinar Register now for this live webinar Combustible dust is a hazard that is garnering more attention than ever following some high profile workplace accidents. Have you wondered what combustible dust is or … Continue reading Free Webinar: Haven’t Heard of Combustible Dust?… You Will. June 28, 2012 @ 2PM ET

Imperial Sugar’s CEO Says OSHA Combustible Dust Standard Needed

  Calling combustible dust "a silent risk that needs to be addressed," Imperial Sugar CEO John C. Sheptor gave a keynote speech June 20 at the AIHce 2012 conference that explained how the company recovered from a devastating February 2008 explosion at its Port Wentworth, Ga. refinery and also called upon OSHA to enact a … Continue reading Imperial Sugar’s CEO Says OSHA Combustible Dust Standard Needed

OSHA Calls for $72,000 Fine at Wisconsin Dairy Products Company After Dust Explosion

Did you know that dust can explode? That is to say any organic material—wood, paper, rubber, fiber, food, tobacco, etc.—can create dust given the right conditions. Milk Specialties Company of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, has been cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) with three safety violations, including one willful violation for combustible … Continue reading OSHA Calls for $72,000 Fine at Wisconsin Dairy Products Company After Dust Explosion

No Combustible Dust Rules From OSHA Anytime Soon

Rules to help prevent dust explosions not on OSHA's agenda, despite pleas to fast track New safety rules will not be approved any time soon even though they could prevent accidents like the ones last year at a Tennessee metal powders plant, where fireballs fueled by iron dust contributed to five deaths. The Occupational Health … Continue reading No Combustible Dust Rules From OSHA Anytime Soon

Don’t Become a Wood Combustible Dust Statistic

By Rich Christianson The recent fatal explosion at a Chinese factory that makes Apple’s iPad2 thrust combustible dust onto the international stage of workplace safety concerns. Officials of FoxConn Technologies, which operates the facility, believe that an accumulation of aluminum dust in the polishing department ignited the blast. Three workers were killed and 15 others … Continue reading Don’t Become a Wood Combustible Dust Statistic