29 CFR 1910.272 -Grain Handling Facilities; OSHA CPL 03-00-008, Subject: Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program & NFPA 654 -Standard for the Prevention of Fire and Dust Explosions from the Manufacturing, Processing, and Handling of Combustible Particulate Solids

OSHA states in their OSHA Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program, that two of the most common citations were improper housekeeping, including combustible dust accumulation, and use of compressed air to blow down combustible dust.  Combustible dusts are any combustible solid material composed of distinct particles or pieces, regardless of shape, size or chemical composition that presents a fire or deflagration (explosion) hazard when suspended in air.  The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) states that any material that will burn in air as a solid can be explosive in a finely-divided form, and any industrial process that reduces materials into small particles presents a potential for a serious fire or explosion.  Combustible dusts are often either organic or metal dusts that are finely ground into very small particles, fibers, fines, chips, chunks, flakes, or a small mixture of these.  Types of dusts include, but are not limited to: metal dust, such as aluminum and magnesium; wood dust; plastic dust; biosolids; organic dust, such as sugar, paper, soap, and dried blood; and dusts from certain textiles.  Some industries that handle combustible dusts include: agriculture, chemicals, textiles, forest and furniture products, wastewater treatment, metal processing, paper products, pharmaceuticals, and recycling operations (metal, paper, and plastic).  Therefore, the directive covers a wide range of materials used in many application areas across almost all the major industrial and agricultural sectors.

Training Includes:
  • Prevention of Fire and Dust Explosions From the Manufacturing, Processing, and Handling of Combustible Particulate Solids
  • Process & Facility Design
  • Bulk Storage Enclosures
  • Duct Systems
  • Air-moving Devices (fans & blowers)
  • Fugitive Dust Control
  • Housekeeping
  • Ignition Sources: mechanical sparks, electrical equipment
  • Static electricity, open flames & sparks
  • Hot surfaces & industrial trucks
  • Fire Protection (fire extinguishers, automatic sprinklers, etc.)
  • Employee Training, Inspection and Maintenance
COST: $90/person, minimum of 8. Less than 8, $1200/day.  Certificate upon completion. Optional Walk-Through Inspection, call for details and price.
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