Sunday, June 21, 2009

OSHA letter to 30K facilities with ComDust hazards -FOIA

  • Came across this letter that was sent out to over 30,000 facilities last year by OSHA and thought I'd share with you in case you haven't seen it. There are over 100,000 facilities at risk, which includes many national industries not listed in the Dust NEP. For example, over 50% of ComDust incidents,from media accounts, last year occurred in national industries (NAICS) not referenced in the Dust NEP

    tags: OSHA Dust NEP

    • Combustible dusts are often either organic or metal dusts that are finely ground into very small particles, fibers, fines, chips, chunks, flakes,
      • Don't forget hybrid mixtures, where flammable vapors mixed with combustible dust, decrease the ignition sensitivity and increase explosion severity of the explosion hazard. - post by comdust

    • Your establishment has been identified as being in an industry
      • What about the thousands of other facilities that were not identified in the OSHA Dust NEP? All facilities that generate combustible dust in the manufacturing process are at risk. If your facility has not been identified in Appendix D-1 and D-2 of national industries (NAICS) in the Dust NEP, you are still at risk. - post by comdust

    • Failure to attend to housekeeping standards or to conduct maintenance on your ventilation systems or electrical controls places your employees and your facility at risk.
      • Also failure to implement best engineering practices as outlined in the NFPA combustible dust standards. Housekeeping alone will not mininmize the severity and probability of occurence. - post by comdust

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ALyCie said...

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John Astad said...

Thanks I appreciate that.

Brian Edwards said...

John, Looking at the mailing list, I think I have never agreed with you more about the fact that so many industries are not covered by the NEP. I looked through the list, and I see several of our clients that don't have combustible dust issues that were included simply because of their SIC, but then I see several other companies that have serious issues, and are no where to be found.


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