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

Tunnel Vision: CSB Incorrectly Labeling All Hoeganaes Incidents As Combustible Dust Flash Fires

Photo Credit: U.S. Chemical Safety Board -"Large hole (approximately 3 x 7 inches) in a corroded section of piping that carried hydrogen and ran through the trench." Incorrect labeling the third Hoeganaes incident on MAY 27, 2011 as a combustible dust flash fire resulting in three fatalities. “...not just one, not just two, but three … Continue reading Tunnel Vision: CSB Incorrectly Labeling All Hoeganaes Incidents As Combustible Dust Flash Fires