Combustible Dust Safety: How To Eliminate Fire And Explosion Hazards In Your Ventilation System

Webinar: ID# 1001748
About This Course:
Combustible dust-related safety and health issues are receiving increased attention. As a result of a number of high-visibility explosions, OSHA and state agencies have focused more resources on industries where combustible dust is a health, safety, and explosion concern.

In 2009, OSHA began a rule-making process for the development of a combustible dust standard for general industry, and while the rule isn't yet complete, the agency routinely issues significant penalties against employers for the presence of combustible dust in the workplace.

Additionally consensus organizations such as the NFPA and industry working groups where combustible dust is a potential hazard, have made combustible dust control a top priority. In the absence of a standard, OSHA relies on existing standards and guidance from the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) to define employers' obligations to prevent combustible dust hazards.

Given the severe health and safety risks that combustible dust explosions pose safety managers pay close attention to best practices that can help minimize the risk from ventilation-system explosions and other fire hazards.

If combustible dust is present in your facility, it's important to take a close look and determine if you have all the necessary components of a dust management and control program in place.

Our webinar will provide a proven approach for developing and implementing an effective and compliant combustible dust management and control program. We'll teach you the steps to help protect employees, company assets, and keep your organization out of the headlines.

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify combustible dust hazards
  • Assess the existing and proposed OSHA regulations and NFPA standards for combustible dust that may have an impact on your organization
  • Evaluate major combustible dust incidents as they relate to your organization
  • Identify combustible dust environments likely to cause deflagrations, fires, explosions, or employee exposures in industries such as agriculture, chemicals, textiles, paper products, and metal processing
  • Asses the elements of a combustible dust explosion
  • Evaluate the combustible dust area classifications as they relate to your organization
  • Assess primary and secondary combustible dust control strategies
  • Perform a combustible dust hazard assessment process that will assess and audit facilities in a consistent and effect manner
  • Consider approaches for evaluating the typical combustible dust hazards that are identified in your hazard assessment
  • Evaluate proven strategies for effectively controlling, managing, and eliminating combustible dust hazards
  • Determine the components that need to be included in a comprehensive combustible dust management plan with a discussion in detail of each component
  • Assess and audit existing combustible dust management plans and policies to assure that that your organization is in compliance
  • Review methods for performing combustible dust testing as the relate to your organization
  • Identify and evaluate available resources to help develop and implement and effective and comprehensive combustible dust management plan
Register now for this webinar to learn how to develop and implement and effective and comprehensive combustible dust management plan to correct ventilation system explosion and fire hazards.

About Your Presenter:

Gary Visscher, Of Counsel with the Law Offices of Adele L. Abrams P.C., a Maryland-based law practice with a focus on labor and employment law and a national practice in workplace safety (OSHA and MSHA) compliance, regulation and enforcement, has extensive experience in government and in labor/employment and health and safety law and policy.

Prior to entering private law practice, Visscher served in several senior level, health and safety-related positions in the federal government, including Deputy Assistant Secretary of OSHA and appointments to the U.S. Chemical Safety Board and the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. He also served as workplace policy counsel for the Committee on Education and the Workforce of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1989 to1999 and as Vice President of Employee Relations for the American Iron and Steel Institute.
Continuing Education Credits:

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