CSB pushes for support of OSHA combustible dust standard
Posted February 14, 2012
In remembrance of a massive sugar dust explosion that killed 14 workers and injured 38 others on February 7, 2008, Chemical Safety Board (CSB) Chairman Moure-Eraso released a statement encouraging industry to support a combustible dust standard while applauding the success of recommendations.
According to Moure-Eraso, the Georgia sugar refinery tragedy has encouraged CSB board members and investigation staff to continue to advocate for changes in national workplace rules aimed at preventing such accidents in the future.
Specifically, the CSB called on OSHA, to “proceed expeditiously” on its 2006 recommendation to promulgate a new combustible dust standard for general industry. Although, a comprehensive combustible dust standard has not been completed by OSHA to date, CSB is continuing to advocate for it and is encouraging industry’s support.
On a high note, Moure-Eraso reported that the CSB recently received notice from the sugar refinery that it is providing its risk engineers with ongoing training in the hazards of combustible dusts, which the CSB recommended. Additionally a series of safety recommendations to AIB International, the American Bakers Association and the Risk and Insurance Management Society — to develop combustible dust training and auditing materials — also have all been given a status of “Closed-Acceptable Action.” Closed-Acceptable Action means that the recipients have effectively implemented the safety changes requested by the board.
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