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Combustible Dust and OSHA

Combustible Dust and OSHA
Workers have faced many problems in the construction and general industries for ages. OSHA has done a lot by introducing OSHA rules, OSHA regulations and many kind of OSHA safety training to reduce such problems. Though all the problems are not solved completely, still to a great extent workers have got relief. The most regretting thing is that when one of the problems of workers is solved, another arises. Recently many news have come out about combustible dust explosions on the working sites of construction and general industries. Workers on those sites are mostly affected and the environment of the working sites is destroyed. OSHA has started Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program (NEP) since October 2007. It has indicated a strapping require for a combustible dust standard.

Combustible dust explosion causes due to soil particles, chunks, fibers, flakes or chips that can reason fire or explosion under certain suspended conditions. Other components that ignite fire are wood, rubber, sugar, flour, paper, chemicals, and metal like aluminum and magnesium that are usually available in all type industries.

OSHA has introduced a new guidance document ‘Hazard Communication Guidance for Combustible Dust’ to reduce the combustible explosion. This guidance will help chemical manufacturers and importers to identify the potentials for dust explosions and will help to ensure whether the chemical hazards are evaluated and the information are conveyed to the employers and to the workers or not. This can really work to reduce combustible explosions and can help the workers in keeping their health intact in working sites.