Combustible Dust: Minimizing Costs without Sacrificing Safety

Filed in Safety by on June 29, 2010 3 Comments

What kinds of costs and benefits do you foresee from a proposed rule?What alternatives should OSHA consider that could minimize costs without sacrificing safety?

How will a possible rule affect existing businesses? How will it affect new businesses trying to start up? How can impacts (especially for small businesses) be minimized without sacrificing safety?

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  1. J Romine says:

    Testing cost is one area of concern. Specifially in trying to determine what test to run. There are multiple tests each with a higher fee than the one before. I would love to see a specific test (or two if needed) be the basis of any determination. Operations that require dust collection systems seem to the the ones at a higher risk for issues and they have to have the Kst for the system design so if there is a good way to base it on Kst that would be a good starting point.

    Large business is having a tough time with the cost of testng, clean-up and electrical. Start-up, small and medium business will most likley ignore it until they are requried to do it by a regulatory agency who is checking on them not one who might show up some day. I do not see most companies doing it just because there is a standard in place or it is the right thing to do because of the overall cost.

    Cleaning methods (specifically if blowdown is excluded which it should be) is another costly area. The proper equipment cost is extremely high. I am afraid most will get shop vac’s and use those so not only do you get dust you get an ignition source.

    Electrical costs are also very high if you have the correct electrical in place. I would guess that only the large companies that have had a known expousure for years are even close to having the proper electrical wiring and components.

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  3. I may be a little biased here, since I work for a dust collection systems company, but the benefits of controlling dust are painfully apparent every time we read an article about someone dying in a industrial accident.

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