10 changes to US feed industry combustible dust rules

10 changes to US feed industry combustible dust rules

How amendments to the 2017 dust standard may impact your operation

Due to the historically high risk of explosion in the grain and animal feed industry, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) had issued regulations (29CFR1910.272) regarding grain dust fires and explosions. However, the explosion disaster at Imperial Sugar (2008, 14 killed) increased public pressure, resulting in OSHA issuing the 2008 National Emphasis Program (NEP), which effectively makes the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards on combustible dust the enforcement tools for OSHA regarding all industries handling combustible dust.