A problem arises in the national fire reporting system where there are no data elements specifically identifying manufacturing process equipment involved in ignition of combustible dust. If process condition fire hazards can't be identified, then how can they be properly evaluated and controlled through administrative, PPE and best engineering practices?
"Stakeholders seeking control measures to minimize the probability and severity of combustible dust incidents should work more closely with the fire service."
1. National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS 5.0) Complete Reference Guide
2. Report on Confined Structure Fires-February 2006, US Fire Administration3. U.S. Industrial and Manufacturing Property Structure Fires, Oct. 2009, NFPA Fire Analysis and Research Division
4. US Chemical Safety Board, Combustible Dust Hazard Investigation, Nov. 2006
5. NFPA 901 Standard Classifications for Incident Reporting and Fire Protection