Sunday, June 21, 2009

OSHA Region IV Combustible Dust NEP Enforcement and Inspection

  • Inspection and Enforcement activity with the OSHA Dust NEP. What about the four other states in OSHA Region IV? Which includes Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee with approved State Occupational Safety and Health Plans? These states are not required to adopt the OSHA Dust NEP.

  • "State plan participation in this national emphasis effort is strongly encouraged but is not required."

  • tags: OSHA Region IV, OSHA Dust NEP, inspection, enforcement

    • 26 visits to Alabama companies
    • 37 visits to Florida companies
    • 32 visits to Georgia companies
    • nine visits to Mississippi companies
    • What about the other four states in OSHA Region IV that are State OSHA Plan states? State OSHA plan states are not required to adopt the OSHA Dust NEP? - post by comdust
    • Nationally, 3,662 violations have been identified during 813 inspections.

      • 813 combustible dust emphasis inspections out of the tens of thousands of manufacturing and non-manufacturing facilities in the United States. Last year OSHA sent out letters to over 30,000 facilities that generate combustible dust from combustible particulate solids. Currently there is over 100,000 facilities in national industries (NAICS) that have combustible dust hazards. Is your facility at risk? Not receiving a letter does not mean a free pass. If your facility generates combustible dust, then now is the time to conduct a hazard analysis so as to assess, evaluate, and control the hazard. - post by comdust

    • Dust fires and explosions can pose significant dangers in the workplace and can occur when five different factors are present.

      • Over 30% of the dust explosions in 2008 had prior fires which fire departments had previously responded to. Additionally, last year, 80% of combustible dust incidents were solely fires. Combustible dust related fires are the precursors of eventual dust explosions - post by comdust

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Resources
combustible-dust-letter.html (OSHA Letter to the 30,000)
combdust-mailing-list.zip (mailing list of the 30,000)

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