Any combustible material (and some materials normally considered noncombustible) can burn rapidly when in a finely divided form. If such a dust is suspended in air in the right concentration, it can become explosive. The force from such an explosion can cause employee deaths, injuries, and destruction of entire buildings. Such incidents have killed scores of employees and injured hundreds over the past few decades. As a result of a recent catastrophic accident involving combustible dust at a sugar refinery plant, OSHA is intensifying its enforcement activities at facilities where combustible dust hazards are known to exist through a National Emphasis Program (NEP). TOSHA is participating is this NEP and will be inspecting facilities in Tennessee that create or handle combustible dusts.
Materials that may form combustible dust include metals (such as aluminum and magnesium), wood, coal, plastics, biosolids, sugar, paper, soap, dried blood, and certain textiles. In many accidents, employers and employees were unaware that a hazard even existed.
A combustible dust explosion hazard may exist in a variety of industries, including: food (e.g., candy, sugar, spice, starch, flour, feed), grain, tobacco, plastics, wood, paper, pulp, rubber, furniture, textiles, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, dyes, coal, metals (e.g., aluminum, chromium, iron, magnesium, and zinc), and fossil fuel power generation.
Who should take this course?
These day seminars are designed to assist the students with identifying combustible dusts and the conditions which can lead to explosions, as well as how to mitigate the hazards to prevent a catastrophic event. TOSHA standards which must be complied with will be discussed.
Class Date: March 8, 2012
Course Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Instructor: This course is offered in conjunction with TOSHA.
Location: Blountville Campus
Fees: $175.00 per participant which includes books and all study materials
Please register for this course by March 1, 2012.