Combustible Dust References

Combustible dusts are fine particles that present an explosion hazard when suspended in air under certain conditions according to OSHA. However, according to the OSHA Combustible Dust ANPR (Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking), Page 30, "No single, universally accepted definition of combustible dust is available. Even among standard promulgated by the same standards-developing organization, the definitions vary significantly."

First it is important to determine if you have a combustible dust hazard. Under certain conditions wood dust is potentially combustible and does present an explosive dust hazard. However, other dust such as mineral dust is not an explosive dust hazard as it cannot combust. Size and moisture is also important. If you have any doubt, you must send your dust to be tested by certified facility. There are various testing options including a comprehension OSHA Combustible Dust NEP Test designed to meet OSHA National Emphasis Program for Combustible Dust.



News and Information
  • IWF Atlanta, GA, Educational Conference, August 2014 - Combustible Dust...an Explosive Issue Speaker: Jamison Scott, Vice President: Air Handling Systems. Combustible dusts are fine particles that present an explosion hazard when suspended in air under certain conditions. But is it not that simple – what actually is Combustible Dust?
  • Air Pollution Control, June 2014 - Technical Article, Combustible Dust: An Explosive Topic. In addition to offering an update on existing and upcoming combustible dust standards, this article profiles the applicable standard-setting organizations and gives tips on dealing with dust. Where combustible dust is concerned, understanding the seriousness of the issue and using common sense are paramount in mitigating risk and ensuring a safe and productive work environment. Staying current on both OSHA and NFPA standards also helps. Author Jamison Scott.
  • Cabinet Makers Association, Pro Ed Series Webinar, March 2014 - Combustible Dust: An Explosive Issue. Become educated on prevention of combustible dust explosion as well as mitigating impact of government inspections related to combustible dust. Presented by Jamison Scott, Chairman, WMMA Combustible Dust Task Force and EVP of Air Handling Systems.
  • ASSE Region 8 New England Area Conference, Providence, Rhode Island, December 2013 - Combustible Dust: An Explosive Issue. Become educated on prevention of combustible dust explosion as well as mitigating impact of government inspections related to combustible dust. Presented by Jamison Scott, Chairman, WMMA Combustible Dust Task Force and EVP of Air Handling Systems.
  • WMS Combustible Dust Seminar, Toronto, Canada, October 2013 - Combustible Dust: An Explosive Issue. Learn about combustible dust. Understand who is in charge of combustible dust issues. Become educated on prevention of combustible dust explosion as well as mitigating impact of government inspections related to combustible dust. Presented by Jamison Scott, Chairman, WMMA Combustible Dust Task Force and EVP of Air Handling Systems.
  • Wood Products, September, 2013 - ComDust Prevention: Woodshops Take Note. Combustible dust has become a top health and safety issue in the woodworking industry. Companies with as few as nine employees are being targeted for ComDust-related issues by OSHA. Read more in this Wood Products article by Jamison Scott, EVP, Air Handling Systems.
  • AWFS Combating Combustible Dust Seminar, July 2013 - Simply defined, combustible dusts are fine particles that present an explosion hazard when suspended in air under certain conditions, according to OSHA. But it is not a simple matter. This seminar will go into detail explaining exactly what combustible wood dust is and talk about who is in charge of combustible dust issues at the shop level and within government and discuss the applicable voluntary consensus standards. Can it really happen in a woodworking facility? Gain invaluable knowledge on how to prevent an explosion and tips to mitigate an impact of an OSHA inspection related to combustible dust. This is a valuable seminar for plant managers, maintenance staff, operation directors and woodworking facility owners of ALL sizes. By Jamison Scott VP, Air Handling Systems.
  • Center for Woodworking Innovation/CabinetMakerFDM — Combustible Dust and Regulation Safety Webinar, February 2013 - By Jamison Scott VP, Air Handling Systems.
  • Wood Industry — Dust...Spark...Inferno, January 2013 - Combustible dust is a deadly wood-industry hazard. Positive steps can help prevent explosions from two sources: regulations and fire.
  • Woodworking Network — ComDust: What Woodworkers Need to Know, December 2012 - Combustible dust is a serious issue. It has become a top health and safety issue in the woodworking industry, By Jamison Scott VP, Air Handling Systems.
  • FDM Asia — Combustible Dust — An Explosive Issue, October 2012 - Prone to explosions, combustible dusts are a safety hazard. However, this can be prevented by taking the necessary preventive measures, By Jamison Scott executive VP, Air Handling Systems.
  • Combustible Wood Dust Presentation, IWF, August 2012 - Combustible Wood Dust seminar presented by Jamison Scott, at the Technology Theater at the International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta, GA.
  • Absence of ComDust Rule Doesn't Stop OSHA Enforcement, Woodworking Network, June 2012 - While OSHA currently does not yet have a formal combustible dust standard, that is NOT preventing OSHA inspectors from issuing citations related to combustible dust using current regulations, Written by Jamison Scott.
  • Air Pollution Control, October 2011 - What is combustible dust? Do we have it in our plant? Who is in charge of safety? These and others questions are answered in this article.
  • Combustible Dust Presentation, May 2011 - Jamison Scott of Air Handling Systems delivered an update on OSHA industrial and wood dust standards to some of the 176 attending delegates at the 2011 Wood Industry Conference in Marco Island, Fla.
  • Combustible Dust Presentation, March 2011 - CBIA, Health and Safety Conference
  • Wood & Wood Products, February 2010 - Explosive: Combustible Dust Issue, Identifying combustible dust and what you can do to manage it. By Jamison Scott
  • Woodworking Network, December 2009 - Report by Jamison Scott, Air Handling Systems on the OSHA Combustible Dust Stakeholder meeting in DC as it appears on the Woodworking Network (newly updated and launched Wood & Wood/CWB site)
  • CabinetMakerFDM, November 2009 - A status report on new regulations and standards that will affect how woodworkers handle combustible dust hazards.
  • Combustible Dust PowerPoint - presented at Dollars and Sense of Going Green Conference, November 19-20.
WMMA - Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America OSHA - Occupational Safety & Health Administration, Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Congress NFPA
  • NFPA 68 - Standard on Explosion Protection by Deflagration Venting
  • NFPA 654: Standard for the Prevention of Fire and Dust Explosions from the Manufacturing, Processing, and Handling of Combustible Particulate Solids
  • NFPA 664: Standard for the Prevention of Fires and Explosions in Wood Processing and Woodworking Facilities
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