NFPA 654 - COMBUSTIBLE DUST CONSULTING
Combustible Dust Safety Program
Training and Implementation
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) are both aggressively emphasizing combustible dust safety throughout the United States. The McGarrh Group offers combustible dust hazard analysis, program development, employee training and operational guidance to ensure the safety of employees and the facility. Between 1980 and 2008, combustible dust was responsible for 348 explosions, 793 injuries, and 133 deaths. It is a hazard that goes overlooked in many facilities due to the fact that it is not fully understood. Dust can become fuel for fires and explosions when it accumulates to dangerous levels. Combustible dust comes from many sources, such as sugar, flour, feed, plastics, wood, rubber, furniture, textiles, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, dyes, coal, and metals, and therefore poses a risk across a number of different industry sectors throughout the United States. The safety engineers at The McGarrh Group are available to conduct a hazard analysis at your facility to determine the location and severity of combustible dust hazards. Our team can also assist with developing combustible dust policies, safety programs, aid in training and implementation of the program, and provide recommendations for the design and selection of explosion prevention and protection equipment (when warranted).
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