OSHA’s Combustible Dust Program: Where Are We Today?
Thursday, March 19, 2020
Posted by: Dana Walker
OSHA put its Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program into place over 10 years ago.
Since then, new NFPA standards on combustible dust have been issued, OSHA’s plan for a comprehensive Combustible Dust Standard has been quietly tabled, and combustible dust incidents continue to occur.
Safety professionals recognize the potential hazards of combustible dust. However, OSHA has left its National Emphasis Program (NEP) vague in many ways, and this presents a challenge. OSHA has kept the NEP in place. They continue to issue citations based on already existing standards.