Sunday, October 26, 2008

Combustible Dust Hazards Training-Strategic Alliances

Stakeholders across a wide spectrum of industry through education can minimize the occurrence and reduce the severity of combustible dust hazards that are inherent aspect of the manufacturing process. Strategic alliances of user groups, safety councils, OSHA regional offices, and industry leaders are vital in developing a situational proactive awareness in reducing fatalities, injuries, and adverse economic impact caused by combustible dust related fires and explosions.

OSHA Regional Training
MNOSHA (State OSHA Plan) which is part of the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry consists of separate enforcement and consultation services. Through the Workplace Safety Consultation Division, MNOSHA has already presented two combustible dust training seminars in St. Paul and Cloquet and will be presenting the third seminar, " Preventing Combustible Dust Explosions," seminar November 19, 2008 in St. Cloud, MN. Seating is limited, call 651-284-5060 for additional information.

Currently MNOSHA is working on adopting the Federal OSHA Dust NEP, which is voluntary for the 22 states that have their own separate State OSHA Plan. An excerpt from the Novemeber 2, 2007 Minutes of the Occupational Safety and Health Advisory Council mentions MNOSHA's "Intent to Adopt Identical" combustible dust emphasis program as outlined in the Federal NEP. Hopefully in the future other State OSHA Plan states will follow the example that is being developed in Minnesota.
In the meantime MNHA is hosting combustible dust seminars in a strategic alliance with BS&B Pressure Safety Management

User Group Training
Manufacturing and Energy Utility user groups are vital in addressing their membership concerning "best practices." The PRB Coal Users Group is actively addressing the hazards of combustible dust in coal fired energy plants. When referring to the Combustible Dust NEP in Appendix D-1, Industries with More Frequent and/or High Consequence Combustible Dust Explosions/Fires. coal fired energy plants are noted as NAICS 221112, Fossil Fuel Electric Power Generation . The PRB Coal Users Group in conjunction with Power Magazine is offering a Webinar "Combustible Dust: Proactive approaches to managing combustible dust,"
on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 at 10AM Central.

Safety Council Training
The Illinois Safety Council (ISC) has hosted several combustible dust training seminars over the past several months. Working closely with John Newquist, OSHA's Region V Assistant Regional Administrator for State Cooperative Programs and Joe Howicz, CSP and Fire Protection Expert, ISC will host additional training at the University of Illinois October 30, 2008 and November 20, 2008 with the Combustible Dust Explosion Inspection Seminars.

Industry Training
Chilworth Technology, an industry leader in providing process safety services throughout the industry is offering several one-day combustible dust training courses "OSHA Dust Explosion Inspection Preparatory Training," during November and December in Georgia, New Jersey, and Illinois. Chilworth Technology offers a wide range of consulting services in preventing and mitigating combustible dust hazards.

Combustible Dust Policy Institute
It's important that all stakeholders with concerns of combustible dust hazards work together through strategic alliances in addressing the complex issue of combustible dust . The Combustible Dust Policy Institute serves as an informational gateway in providing a situational awareness throughout the manufacturing and utility sectors. Feedback and input is much appreciated and I welcome visitors to the Combustible Dust site in joining the professional combustible dust network on LinkedIn.

The mission of the Combustible Dust Policy Institute is to minimize the severity and reduce the occurrence of combustible dust related fires and explosions in the nation’s workplace. Through ongoing research of combustible dust related incidents, which identifies and evaluates risk, the Combustible Dust Policy Institute provides risk assessment information that a diverse spectrum of stakeholders utilize in effectively controlling combustible dust hazards. Assisting stakeholders in this endeavor, health and safety compliance is achieved in addition to reducing workplace fatalities, injuries, and adverse economic impact.





 

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