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OSHA comdust rule: way past due: CSB.

The combustible dust explosion that claimed three lives at AL Metal in 2010 underscores the need for a national combustible dust standard, according to the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB).

CSB produced a video employing 3D animation to recreate the fatal explosion at AL Metals as it unfolded. Rafael Moure-Eraso, chairperson of the CSB used the release of the investigative report of the fatal accident as a public forum, imploring the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to promulgate a general industry combustible dust standard as mandated by a congressional vote in 2009.

A probe of AL Solutions revealed that the facility had experienced fatal fires and explosions involving metal dust in 1995 and 2006, plus seven other fires between 1993 and the 2010 explosion in which crews from the local fire department were dispatched. CSB said that in spite this long history of combustible dust accidents, AL Solutions failed to implement proper engineering and housekeeping controls to safeguard workers.

CSB has pushed for a combustible dust rule since 2006 when it released its Combustible Dust Hazard Study. Based on the study, CSB recommended that OSHA issue a combustible dust standard for general industry based on the current NFPA guidelines. Last July, CSB renewed its call for OSHA to take action in naming combustible dust the top priority of its first "Most Wanted Chemical Safety Improvement" outreach program.

"Had a national standard for combustible dust been in place in 2006 --and if industry had followed the requirements --many of the severe dust incidents that followed, including AL Solutions, may have been prevented," Moure-Eraso says.

RICH CHRISTIANSON

EDITOR-AT-LARGE

rchristianson@vancepublishing.com

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Comment:OSHA comdust rule: way past due: CSB.(NEWS & VIEWS)
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Date:Aug 1, 2014
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