OSHA Seeks Comments on Proposed Combustible Dust Rule

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) indicates that it wishes to develop a standard designed to prevent combustible dust fires and explosions in general industry and is seeking comments. Currently, OSHA does not have a single, comprehensive standard that addresses combustible dust hazards across all industries. With respect to comments sought, OSHA seeks input from employers on several issues, such as:

  1. the extent of combustible dust hazards,
  2. the definition of “combustible dust,” 
  3. awareness of the hazards of combustible dust, and 
  4. hazard assessments, communications, and training.
Employers in industries where combustible dust and resulting hazards are an issue should take the time to provide their comments to the agency, which OSHA will utilize to develop the standard. Comments are due Jan. 19, 2010, and may be submitted in several ways:
  1. online at http://www.regulations.gov/
  2. fax to the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-1648; or 
  3. mail to the OSHA Docket Office
    Docket No. OSHA-2009-0023 (or Regulation Identifier Number (RIN) 1218-AC41)
    Technical Data Center, Room N-2625
    U.S. Department of Labor
    200 Constitution Avenue, N.W.
    Washington, DC 20210
Please note that all submissions must include the Agency name and the OSHA docket number or RIN for this rulemaking (i.e., OSHA Docket No. OSHA-2009-0023 or RIN 1218-AC41).

Author: Karen Adinolfi

1 comment:

  1. Whereas most proposed OSHA standards address hazards that are well known, this standard is necessary to help make people more aware of the hazards of dust explosions. There is alot of people totally clusless about the fact that sugar dust (or any other dust) can be a deadly hazard in conditions are right. Current OSHA training courses developed by OSHA (see www.osha10hourtraining.com) do not even address this deadly hazard. In fact, many hazards that are killing workers are not addressed by OSHA, they should get busy developing other new standards, and not wait for catastropic events to happen before they (are forced to) act.