10/24/2007

New Combustible Dust Instruction

Combustible dusts are often either organic or metal dusts that are finely
ground into very small particles, fibers, chips, and/or flakes. These dusts can
come from metal, wood, plastic and organic materials such as grain, flour,
sugar, paper, soap and dried blood. Dusts can also come from textile materials.
Some of the industries in which combustible dusts are particularly prevalent
include agriculture, chemical, textile, forest and the furniture industry.

The US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA) has issued a new safety and health instruction that details policies and
procedures for inspecting workplaces that handle combustible dusts and that may
have the potential for a dust explosion.

This instruction contains policies and procedures for inspecting workplaces
that create or handle combustible dusts. In some circumstances these dusts may
cause a deflagration, other fires, or an explosion. These dusts include, but
are not limited to:

  • Metal dust such as aluminum and magnesium.

  • Wood dust.

  • Coal and other carbon dusts.

  • Plastic dust and additives.

  • Biosolids.

  • Other organic dust such as sugar, paper, soap, and dried blood.

  • Certain textile materials.

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AplusA-online.de - Source: U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration