The afternoon panel, which included the NGFA's Maness, consisted of a more balanced representation of NFPA and industry representatives. Maness urged the agency not to adopt NFPA standards, in part because they are not subjected to economic impact studies before being approved. He also noted that there are many elements in NFPA standards, such as facility design, construction and operational considerations, that are inappropriate, impractical or unachievable.
James E. Maness, president of JEM Safety Consultants, Rehoboth, Del. provided some very informative input concerning the possible OSHA regulatory approach to the proposed combustible dust rulemaking. The above excerpt is from the National Grain and Feed Association website, titled,"NGFA Participates in OSHA Combustible Dust Stakeholder Meeting (12/17/09)"