OSHA Issues Combustible Dust Hazard Fact Sheet

July 7, 2016

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OSHA Issues Combustible Dust Hazard Fact Sheet
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The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently issued a new fact sheet on combustible dust explosion hazards.

Titled “Protecting Workers from Combustible Dust Explosion Hazards,” the document instructs facilities to “capture,” “contain,” and “clean” as the first lines of defense for controlling dust hazards and preventing accidents:

  • Capture dust before it escapes into a work area by using properly designed, installed, approved, and maintained dust collection systems.

  • Contain dust within equipment, systems, or rooms that are built and operated to safety handle combustible dust.

  • Clean work areas, overhead surfaces, and concealed spaces frequently and thoroughly using safe housekeeping methods to remove combustible dusts not captured or contained.

The fact sheet also provides examples of dusts that have the potential to combust and the key responsibilities of employers and workers’ rights in managing dust hazards.

The agency also released a new fact sheet on emergency preparedness for farmworkers. 

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