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Monday, August 04, 2014

Chemical Safety Board comes down on OSHA for lack of compustible dust standards

Since its 2006 study on combustible dust, the CSB has been calling for OSHA to create standards for these "preventable accidents". The CSB has investigated nine serious combustible dust accidents since 2003, which together caused 36 deaths and 128 injuries.

CSB Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso said, “The CSB believes it is imperative for OSHA to  issue a comprehensive combustible dust standard for general industry with clear control requirements to prevent dust fires and explosions.”

The CSB cited as example the AL Solutions facility, which has had fatal fires, including the combustible dust explosion reenactment shown in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ADK5doMk3-k

As Moure-Eraso says in the video, “Had a national standard for combustible dust been in place in 2006 – and if industry had followed the requirements – many of the severe dust incidents that followed, including AL Solutions, may have been prevented. The time is now for OSHA to take action to prevent these tragic accidents.”

Investigation into the AL Solutions fatal dust explosion: http://www.csb.gov/al-solutions-fatal-dust-explosion/

Find out more: http://www.csb.gov/final-report-on-al-solutions-metal-dust-explosion-and-fire-that-killed-three-in-west-virginia-leads-csb-to-reemphasize-call-for-osha-combustible-dust-standard-/

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