Safety + Health, the magazine for the National Safety Council, has published employer resources for guidance on combustible dust, as OSHA’s rulemaking on the issue has lagged behind schedule. According to the report, the Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has been urging OSHA to promulgate a general industry standard for combustible dust since 2006, when a CSB study found that 281 dust-related incidents from 1980 to 2005 killed 119 workers and injured 718. CSB has labeled the standard as the first issue in its “Most Wanted Chemical Safety Improvement” program. OSHA published an advance notice of proposed rulemaking in 2009 and conducted stakeholder meetings. In its most recent regulatory agenda, the agency labeled the standard as being in the pre-rule stage. The next action is to assemble hearings under the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act, which currently is scheduled for August 2016. Whether that leads to a proposed rule remains to be seen.
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