CSB Investigation Spurs “Call to Action” on Combustible Dust Hazards
In October, as part of its ongoing investigation of the May 2017 explosions at the Didion milling facility in Cambria, Wis., the U.S. Chemical Safety Board issued a “call to action” on combustible dust. CSB sought comments on the management and control of combustible dust from individuals and entities involved in the safe conduct of work within inherently dust-producing environments.  CSB called on companies, regulators, inspectors, safety training providers, researchers, unions, and workers affected by dust-related hazards to provide input on topics such as the recognition and measurement of “unsafe” levels of dust in the workplace, the maintenance of effective dust collection systems, and the challenges of implementing industry guidance or standards pertaining to dust control and management. The agency also requested information on methods for communicating the low-frequency, high-consequence hazards of combustible dust and systems for helping employees recognize and address dust hazards. Comments were due to CSB at the end of November.
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The agency also requested information on methods for communicating the low-frequency, high-consequence hazards of combustible dust and systems for helping employees recognize and address dust hazards.