Food Ingredient Maker Fined for Failing to Conduct DHA

April 10, 2019

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Food Ingredient Maker Fined for Failing to Conduct DHA
The PacMoore plant in Hammond, IN was fined for failing to perform a Dust Hazard Analysis (DHA). Image courtesy of Google Maps

Food ingredient manufacturer PacMoore Products Inc. was fined $19,250 for several safety hazards at the firm’s Hammond, IN facility, according to a recent safety noticed published the Indiana Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA). Among the violations uncovered by investigators, the company was cited for failing to conduct a Dust Hazard Analysis (DHA) to assess the site’s fire, explosion, and deflagration hazards.

The company did not perform a DHA for equipment present in the facility, including the dust collection, storage, and Class II, Combustible Dust transport systems. 

“Among other methods, one feasible and acceptable method to correct this hazard is to conduct a combustible dust hazards analysis for the dust collection, storage, and transport systems within the facility as per National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 652 titled Standard on the Fundamentals of Combustible Dust (NFPA 652-2016) section 4.2.1.2.,” IOSHA said in the document.

DHAs are used to identify and assess the potential fire, flash-fire, and explosion hazards presented by one or more combustible particulate solids in a process or a facility. 

PacMoore was also cited by IOSHA for exposing workers to electrical hazards while carrying out maintenance work, failing to protect workers from fall hazards on the edge of a platform, and fall hazards present around unprotected skylights on the facility’s roof. The company was also fined for neglecting to fit test N95 filtering facepiece respirators on an annual basis. 

The manufacturer has 15 business days after receiving the citations to comply or contest IOSHA’s findings. 

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