On October 18, 2007 the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a directive initiating a National Emphasis Program (NEP) to address the hazards associated with combustible dusts. In the wake of a large explosion at a sugar refining facility OSHA reissued a revised Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program on March 3, 2008.
Currently OSHA does not have a specific standard to address combustible dust hazards or how to address dust explosion mitigation. However, the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) has several standards that address these hazards. The responsibility of compliance with applicable standards falls upon the owner / operator of facilities handling combustible dusts. Several NFPA “keyway” standards exist depending on the type of facility you operate. Some facilities may require compliance with more than one standard:
In addition to the “keyway” standards, several “how to” standards exist to assist owner/operators to meet compliance with the “keyway” standard that governs their process or facility:
Additional codes have been developed by FM Global based on property loss data sheets.
For additional information regarding the National Fire Protection Agency please visit www.nfpa.org
For additional information regarding the United States Occupational Safety & Health Administration visit www.osha.gov
For additional information regarding FM Global Property Loss Data Sheets visit www.fmglobal.com/fmglobalregistration/