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OSHA Combustible Dust Standard

Combustible dust-fueled fires and explosions continue to injure and claim the lives of workers across a broad spectrum of industries, including the food, chemical, paper, pharmaceutical, and metal processing industries. In 2006, after investigating three combustible dust-related incidents over a two year period, the CSB conducted an in-depth study that identified 281 combustible dust incidents between 1980 and 2005 that killed 119 workers, injured 718, and extensively damaged industrial facilities. Since that time, the CSB has conducted four additional investigations into dust-related incidents, and the agency’s Office of Incident Screening and Selection continues to identify serious dust-related incidents on a regular basis.

The CSB believes that a general industry standard for combustible dust is greatly needed to prevent future tragedies. The latest news with regard to OSHA rulemaking specific to combustible dust can be viewed below.



Combustible Dust Regulatory Watch



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CLICK Here to View a Timeline Related to CSB and OSHA Combustible Dust Accidents and Activites

CSB Combustible Dust Publications

       2017 - Didion Milling Company Explosion and Fire

       2012 - US Ink Fire

       2010 - AL Solutions Fatal Dust Explosion

       2011 - Hoeganaes Corporation Fatal Flash Fires

       2016 - Imperial Sugar Company Dust Explosion and Fire

       2004 - Combustible Dust Hazard Investigation

       2003 - West Pharmaceutical Services Dust Explosion and Fire

       2003 - CTA Acoustics Dust Explosion and Fire

       2003 - Hayes Lemmerz Dust Explosions and Fire

OSHA Resources on Combustible Dust

Combustible Dust Rulemaking Information

Combustible Dust Guidance


Last Updated October 27, 2017

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