OSHA adds web page with focus on combustible dust

by Eric Schroeder
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WASHINGTON — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on Thursday added a new combustible dust safety and health topics web page (www.osha.gov/dsg/combustibledust/index.html) to help employers address hazardous combustible dust and provide recommendations to prevent and control these hazards.

"This new safety and health topics page is part of a long-term, ongoing program in OSHA to address these hazards and assure safe and healthful working conditions," said Edwin G. Foulke Jr., assistant secretary for OSHA.

Certain combustible substances, including sugar, starch, flour and feed, may become explosive when divided into dust-like form and suspended in air.

The new web page also features a link to the National Emphasis Program on Combustible Dust that provides information on compliance with existing standards, an understanding of the hazard, and methods of abatement and collection of data for analysis.

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