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I"d like to personally thank all group members for your enthusiastic support. I've learned quite a bit from the many participants in the discussions. In addition to the discussions I also post content on the ComDust site. It's very seldom that I receive comments or feedback from the ComDust site content. Many times after hitting the publish button, I wonder did I get this right? Without comments, I never know.

In contrast, the discussions here at the ComDust Group with the active participation has provided the extra energy to continue researching combustible dust topics. It seems like it has been a long uphill struggle with no light at the end of the tunnel in getting the message out about combustible dust hazard awareness. But that feeling does not last long with all the participation here at the Safety Community ComDust group.

Just recently the OSHA combustible dust Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) was published in the Federal Register. Subsequently, the results of the research work on combustible dust incidents that I've been acquiring was cited as a source in addition to the Chemical Safety Board's incident data. This will assist OSHA and many stakeholders in understanding probability of occurrence.

A stark contrast, when last year a senior staff member of the House Committee on Education and Labor informed me that this same incident data couldn't be used at the Combustible Dust hearing, "as congressional committee members would not find it acceptable, since it was coming from some guy in Texas on his computer."

Anyway, I just don't think I could of continued this ComDust research project with such intensity between my regular 12hr shift job at the docks without your support. So when you review the Dust ANPRM and note the source citation originating from Combustible Dust Policy Institute just remember that a big part of that source is everyone here that has supported my efforts in the group discussions, emails, phone conversations, etc.

Thank you!

John Astad

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As an Explosion protection Engineer in Europe its always refreshing to see the open discussion that you have about our industry in another juristiction. although your specific content is not relevent to us in Europe politically, it is definately relevant in reality and I have used many videos and reported incidents from the US in my training and publicity material. Thanks for all your work


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Go ahead John, Go ahead!!
The problem with the combustible dusts is a cultural problem, all the efforts are welcome national or international, many companies choose live in danger ( I remember the phrase from Dirty Harry).
The dust with respect the flammable gases and liquids are babies, we have little knowledge of the mechanisms of explosion of dusts, we don't have "dust explosimeters", etc, etc
Great analogy Ivan, comparing and contrasting the other potential atmospheres and how little stakeholders are aware of the combustible dust fire and explosion hazards in the workplace. That made my day...thanks!
Thanks Jason, much appreciated. If you have time be sure to check out the Linkedin Combustible Dust Policy Institute Group. where you'll also find many discussions on ComDust


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