A Summary of the Reissued OSHA Combustible Dust NEP

On October 18, 2007, OSHA published a directive for inspection of workplaces that create or handle combustible dusts. On March 3, 2008, OSHA reissued this directive “to increase its enforcement activities and to focus on specific industry groups that have experienced either frequent combustible dust incidents or combustible dust incidents with catastrophic consequences.”

The new directive increases activities in outreach, training, the creation and dissemination of guidance and educational materials and cooperative ventures, as well as enhancing its enforcement activities. The Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program directive applies to OSHA covered facilities that generate or handle combustible dusts. Combustible dusts are defined as combustible particulate solids that pose a deflagration or other hazard when suspended in air or other oxidizing medium.

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