For more than a decade, OSHA has placed an emphasis on combustible dust hazards, which have resulted in numerous deadly incidents over the years. While no OSHA standard directly addresses combustible dust, this has not hindered OSHA enforcement.
An explosion in an unprotected dust collector produces a high-pressure wave that can fragment the housing and send heat, flames and dangerous projectiles into the workplace. Obviously, this is extremely dangerous for workers, equipment and structures.
How well an organization plans for emergencies that may occur at remote locations can be the dividing line between tragedy and success story, whether an employee’s life is saved or lost, or if an operation and capital infrastructure is lost due to an incident.
After industry objections to several provisions of the Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines final rule issued by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), the agency has published a final rule that includes changes to the provisions.