CSB issues Call for Action on combustible dust
Posted October 29, 2018
The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) has issued a Call to Action on combustible dust to gather comments from individuals and entities on the management and control of combustible dust. The Agency says that although there’s a shared understanding of combustible dust hazards, efforts to manage the hazards often fail to prevent catastrophic explosions.
Companies, regulators, inspectors, safety trainers, researchers, unions, and workers affected by dust-related hazards are encouraged to send input on a variety of issues:
- Recognizing and measuring unsafe levels of dust in the workplace;
- Managing responsibilities and expectations that sometimes are at odds with each other (e.g., performing mechanical integrity preventative maintenance while striving to minimize dust releases in the work environment); and
- Methods for communicating the low-frequency but high-consequence hazards of combustible dust in actionable terms for those working and overseeing these environments.
The CSB will accept comments until November 26.
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