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Bill To Legislate Combustible Dusts


The U.S. House Education and Labor Committee recently passed legislation to help prevent combustible dust explosions. The Combustible Dust Explosion and

U.S. House Education and Labor Committee recently passed legislation to help prevent combustible dust explosions. The Combustible Dust Explosion and Fire Prevention Act (H.R. 5522) would force OSHA to issue rules regulating combustible industrial dusts that can build up to hazardous levels and explode. The Act would direct OSHA to:

  • Issue interim rules on combustible dust within 90 days. The rules would include measures to minimize hazards associated with combustible dust through improved housekeeping, engineering controls, worker training, and a written safety program;

  • Issue final rules within 18 months. The rules would be based on effective voluntary standards devised by the National Fire Protection Association and, in addition to items required in the interim rules, would include requirements for building design and explosion protection. The interim rules would remain in effect until the final standard is issued;

  • Revise the Hazard Communication Standard to include combustible dusts. For more information on H.R. 5522, visit: http://edlabor.house.gov/micro/workersafetydust.shtml.