If your facility has potentially explosive dust, you must comply with new requirements.
Today’s tighter regulations and stricter codes for healthier, safer manufacturing environments mean you need to efficiently clean up potentially explosive dust.
Combustible dust accidents happen more often than you think, and OSHA will fine you if you are violating NFPA standards. If you have these dusts in your plant — wood, coal, toner, charcoal, plastics, coffee, sugar, flour, cotton, paper tissue dust, or other combustible dust particles — your facilities are at risk for a deflagration or explosion.
OSHA specifies a list of materials that may create a hazard. If you have any on the OSHA list – or any other potentially explosive dusts — a Dust Hazard Analysis (DHA) must be completed to ensure you properly identify them and mitigate all risk.
For OSHA’s list of materials, click here.
With the September 2018 deadline for complying with NFPA 652 / 654 fast approaching, you must complete a DHA as soon as possible. A certified testing laboratory will test for Kst (Deflagration Index for dusts or speed of pressure rise in bar-m/sec) and Pmax (Maximum Pressure Developed in an unvented vessel in bar or psi).
For list of DHA test facilities, click here.