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  • OSHA, NFPA to Progress on Combustible Dust Standards

    2016 could be a bellwether year for combustible dust standards. In June, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) starts its first revision cycle of NFPA 652, the organization’s newly introduced combustible dust standard for general industry. Later this fall, the US Department of...

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  • OSHA Fines Food Additive Manufacturer $180K

    June 24, 2016

    A Newark food additive manufacturer's failure to handle hazardous materials and respond properly to an emergency led to an explosion that injured four workers, including two contractors who scaled an 8-ft security fence topped with triple-strand barbed wire to escape the fireball. An...

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  • OSHA Fines Food Manufacturer $140K after Amputations

    June 24, 2016

    Twice in less than a month, two workers at an Ajinomoto Windsor Inc. facility suffered amputation injuries because their employer failed to install adequate safety guards to keep operator's hands out of machine danger zones, inspectors with the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety...

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  • OSHA Fines Grain Elevator Company $51K

    June 24, 2016

    The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigated High Country Elevators Inc. on March 15, 2016 in Dove Creek, CO, as part of the agency's Regional Emphasis Program for Grain Handling Facilities. At the time of the inspection, an employee was...

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  • Wireless Hazard Monitoring System

    June 20, 2016

    HazardPRO is a complete wireless hazard monitoring system for up to 32 pieces of equipment. Individual sensors attach to a wireless node that transmits data directly to a system manager. Real-time and historical data can then be viewed on the system manger’s touch screen display. This...

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  • NFPA-Compliant Vacuum for Combustible Dust Clean-Up

    June 15, 2016

    Nilfisk introduces the VHS110 CSA-Certified Class II, Division 2 vacuum designed for compliance with NFPA 652 standards and OSHA recommendations for safe collection of combustible dust. The VHS110 offers high performance power to reach far distances, clean overhead from the ground, and provide...

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  • How to Get Around NFPA Combustible Dust Standards

    June 13, 2016

    I recently gave a speech titled, oddly, “How to Get Around NFPA Combustible Dust Standards.” The first few slides were tongue-in-cheek and showed the need for a huge team of lawyers to defend oneself in court when one's facility blows up. It even showed a head-shrink and clergy...

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  • New Explosion Isolation Valve Unveiled

    June 13, 2016

    The Ventex explosion isolation valve is a passive float valve designed for explosion isolation. The valve is designed to operate by closing when the pressure wave of the explosion slams and locks the valve shut. The valve can be configured for use as a single-acting or double-acting...

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  • Hazmat Packaging Veteran Barger Joins Labelmaster

    June 9, 2016

    Bill Barger, an expert in hazmat/dangerous goods (DG) packaging with 30 years of industry experience, has joined Labelmaster as senior product manager to lead the company’s packaging product line.     In his new position, Barger will be responsible for expanding and...

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  • Using Dust Collection for OSHA Silica Standard Compliance

    June 8, 2016

    After years of study and research, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a new silica rule that updates regulations established in 1971. It features a lower limit for worker exposure to harmful respirable crystalline silica dust, as well as more stringent measures to...

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