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Combustible Dust

OSHA is Citing Facilities!

The National Emphasis Program (NEP) is active and OSHA can and is issuing citations, including for PPE. Combustible Dust includes a Flash Fire Hazard and FR clothing is required. Westex can help your company become compliant with the flash fire portion of the NEP. View the full list of Combustible Dust materials.



What You Need To Know

  • OSHA is citing under the NEP today, ahead of a Final Rule, including for PPE.
  • Even in the absence of an OSHA final rule on combustible dust, OHSA points to numerous existing regulations – from combustible dust housekeeping standards, such as 1910.22, to hazard communication/training standards like 1910.1200 – that mandate employers provide a workplace where workers are protected against recognized hazards, as the means to achieve combustible dust compliance.
  • All combustible dusts, no matter how low their KST value, are dangerous and require full compliance. In fact, almost all of the highest-casualty events in the USA have been caused by “low” KST dusts.
  • The primary consensus standard (NFPA 652) the key NFPA standard governing PPE use in combustible dust environments, states employers “shall address PPE, including flame resistant garments” for operating and maintenance procedures as required by an appropriate workplace hazard assessment outlined in NFPA 2113.

Some Industries Affected

Food Processing
Fossil Fuel Power Generation


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