Cinnaminson, NJ, October 14th, 2014
In September, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that workers at an industrial plant in Ravenna, Ohio had been exposed to combustible dusts hazards. The agency has issued citations at the rubber products manufacturing plant for this and other violations that carry proposed penalties of over $60,000.
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According to an OSHA news release about the violations, “…inspection found workers were exposed to the combustible dust while working in the facility. For the exposure, the company was cited with one serious violation. If this dust is suspended in the air in the right concentration, under certain conditions, it can become explosive. The force from such an explosion can cause employee deaths, injuries and destruction of buildings. The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board identified 281 combustible dust incidents between 1980 and 2005 that led to the deaths of 119 workers, injured 718 and extensively damaged numerous industrial facilities.”
In many combustible dust explosions, employers and employees were unaware that a hazard even existed. “These incidents can be truly catastrophic,” said Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President of Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “Many industries have the potential for the presence of combustible dust hazards and OSHA lists a number of industries at risk. They include industries involved with: agriculture, chemicals, food, grain, fertilizer, tobacco, plastics, wood, forest, paper, pulp, rubber, furniture, textiles, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, tire and rubber manufacturing, dyes, coal, metal processing, recycling operations, and fossil fuel power generation utilizing coal.”
To prevent combustible dust explosions and costly OSHA fines, EMSL provides combustible dust testing services utilizing advanced instrumentation and world renowned scientists. EMSL has also sponsored an educational video about combustible dust hazards that can be seen at: http://youtu.be/xX0apupkO3E.
To learn more about testing for PAHs or other indoor air quality, environmental, health and safety issues, please visit www.EMSL.com, call (800) 220-3675 or email info@EMSL.com.
EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of environmental, indoor air quality and materials testing services and products to professionals and the general public. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies.