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Over 17,000 combustible dust related fires (1980-2005) USA

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Added by John Astad on November 29, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

Error in OSHA Combustible Dust; Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Reviewing the OSHA advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) creates quite a concern. For example, "For the purposes of this notice, the term "combustible dust" includes all combustible particulate solids of any size, shape, or chemical composition that could present a fire or deflagration hazard when suspended in air or other oxidizing medium"



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Added by John Astad on November 27, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

OSHA NEP Conflicting with Fire Service Combustible Dust Fire Response

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Added by John Astad on November 26, 2012 at 5:00am — No Comments

Combustible Dust Fires, NFPA 1620 Standard for Pre-Incident Planning,

Currently combustible dust is not recognized in NFPA 1620 Standard for Pre-Incident Planning, Chapter 8 as a special hazard.  Firefighters must conduct a pre-incident plan at high-hazard occupancies that process and handle combustible dust so as minimize the…

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Added by John Astad on November 23, 2012 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Ignoring Combustible Dust Fires Results in Belarus Catastrophe

The October 25, 2010 catastrophic dust explosion at the…

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Added by John Astad on November 20, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Firefighter Injuries Unacceptable Combating Combustible Dust Related Fires

Recent firefighter injuries such as fighting a combustible dust related fire at plastics material and resin manufacturing are unacceptable. This brings back dark memories of the 1993 fire and catastrophic dust explosion at a wood fiber facility in Langerak, Netherlands resulting in 2…

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Added by John Astad on November 19, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

NIOSH Accident Report Catastrophic Coal Storage Silo Explosion

"Do not use water or traditional fire fighting foam; however, micelle encapsulator fire extinguishing agent, such as F-500, should be used. NFPA 1620, Standard for Pre-Incident Planning can be used to establish a pre-incident plan for silos within their jurisdiction so as to minimize the risk to emergency responders"…

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Added by John Astad on November 14, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Combustible Dust Hazards Omitted from OSHA Primary Metal Industries NEP: Why?

The omissions of combustible dust fire and explosion hazards from the May 19, 2011 OSHA National Emphasis Program – Primary Metal Industries may prove to be a costly error in terms of future fatalities and injuries in the workplace. http://www.osha.gov/OshDoc/Directive_pdf/CPL_03-00-013.pdf…

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Added by John Astad on June 4, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

OHS Professionals... Wake Up! Media reported ComDust hazards 2 weeks before dust explosion.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/06/foxconn-factory-conditions_n_858619.html

 

Huffington Post reported two weeks before the Foxconn China dust explosion of combustible aluminum dust hazards. Yet no one questioned or commented on the media account. Then a week before the explosion, the International Metalworkers Federation (IMF) reported to it's 25 million…

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Added by John Astad on June 2, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Do Fire Marshals/Fire Chiefs have Expertise on combustible dust fires that occur in mfg. facilities?

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Just recently it was noted in a combustible dust rulemaking discussion that stakeholders do not believe Fire Marshals and Fire Chiefs have subject matter expertise on combustible dust related fires that occur in manufacturing facilities. This is an interesting train of thought. Especially since the professional fire service responds to…

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Added by John Astad on May 22, 2011 at 2:30am — No Comments

Ten ComDust incidents per year...Say What?



At a recent combustible dust webinar last October, attendees to the educational event learned about ten combustible dust incidents that occurred annually from the early 1980s until 2005 in the U.S.A. This data was obtained from the…

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Added by John Astad on January 15, 2011 at 4:37am — No Comments

Combustible Dust Related Fires, "Nature of the Business"

 

Interesting news article where the fire chief conveys to the reporter following a combustible dust related fire that it is the nature of the business.

"One of the products they use is either shredded wood or saw dust," explained Bigrigg. "Part of the problem is the nature of the process that's there. It lends itself to having a fire to begin with. And it's not…

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Added by John Astad on January 12, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Combustible Dust Related Fires: Incident Reporting

A major problem in the USA following combustible dust related fires in the manufacturing, non-manufacturing, and utility sectors is that these fires are not being properly reported in the  National Fire Incident Reporting System 5.0 (NFIRS). The primary issue in this voluntary reporting system is there are no data elements specifically identifying manufacturing process conditions (equipment) involved in ignition of combustible dust. If…

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Added by John Astad on January 9, 2011 at 11:06pm — 1 Comment

Tesoro 2008 Process Safety Management PSM Citations

To assist stakeholders in a better understanding of the 2008 citations that Tesoro Anacortes Refinery received from the Washington Department of Labor and Industries, Division of Occupational Safety & Health (DOSH) enforcement and inspection activities please refer to the document below in the resource section.



Since the Friday catastrophic explosion there have been numerous news reports on the 14 deleted citations… Continue

Added by John Astad on April 7, 2010 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Prior Hydrotreater Fire at Louisiana Refinery that CSB assessed in 2006

Hydrotreater fires at refineries have a high probability of occurrence in the global refinery sector. In 2006 a Louisiana oil refinery had a hydrotreater fire that CSB assessed yet found that no investigation was warranted. Luckily there… Continue

Added by John Astad on April 6, 2010 at 3:39pm — 1 Comment

Blame Game: Oil Refinery Explosions and Fires



Sensationalistic journalism reaches new heights in the blame game following the catastrophic vapor cloud flash fire and explosion at the Tesoro… Continue

Added by John Astad on April 6, 2010 at 11:55am — 2 Comments

Tesoro Naphtha Hydrotreater Type Fires: Regular Global Occurrence





S
o whats new? Naphtha hydrotreater fires: are a regular global occurrence.



07/22/2009
ConocoPhillips a hydrotreating unit desulfurization unit fire. http://ow.ly/1um0b…



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Added by John Astad on April 3, 2010 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Web 2.0 Mapping Probability of Occurrence in Risk Analysis

Tweets, Google Maps Help Solve Mystery of Portland Explosion-WSJ Article

The Combustible Dust Policy Institute has been using Google Maps for several years in mapping combustible dust related fires and explosions that occur in the nations manufacturing sector. Mapping over… Continue

Added by John Astad on March 31, 2010 at 2:30am — No Comments

OSHA Forgot the OSH Act?

http://www.mwe.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/publications.nldetail/object_id/b4037871-9db6-4f07-a8e6-2359e6779f90.cfm



I'm a bit concerned about the adverse attitude toward small business in the OSHA Director's testimony to Congress. OSHA appears to act as if they are they sole guardian of the OSH Act. Where is NIOSH at

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Added by John Astad on March 31, 2010 at 1:30am — 1 Comment

Laboratory Explosions at Educational Institutions

I'm a bit puzzled where the reporter mentioned that the investigations supervisor from the CSB said, "Although the board does not have evidence suggesting these types of accidents are on the rise, he said another reason for the investigation is to gather information about whether a trend exists.



In contrast, while researching combustible dust incidents over the past two… Continue

Added by John Astad on January 20, 2010 at 3:00am — No Comments

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