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CSB issues Call for Action on combustible dust

Agency seeks comments on management, control of combustible dust in the workplace

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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