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Result  Of  Explosive  Dust

Combustible Dust Is Finely-Ground Organic Or Metal Particles Found In A Variety Of Industries And Workplaces

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Is Your Company Processing  Products With A Potential For Combustible Dust Explosions?

Workplaces  And  Industries  Affected

If Your Company Processes Any Of These Products, Know The Potential For A Combustible Dust Explosion

How Is Combustible Dust Tested?

EMSL Recommends OSHA ID-201SG Sampling Method Guidelines & The OSHA Combustible Dust Emphasis Program CPL 03-00-008

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Workplaces & Industries Affected


Workplaces should be inspected and tested that handle combustible dusts that are likely to cause dust deflagrations, other fires, or explosions. These dusts include, but are not limited to:

• Metal dust such as aluminum

• Wood dust and magnesium

• Plastic dust & additives

• Coal & other carbon dusts

• Biosolids

• Certain textile materials

• Other organic dust such as sugar, flour, paper, soap, and dried blood


Industries that handle combustible dusts include:


• Food Products

• Chemicals

• Textiles

• Forest & Furniture products

• Metal processing

• Tire & rubber manufacturing plants

• Paper products

• Recycling operations

• Wastewater treatment (metal, paper, and plastic.)

• Pharmaceuticals

• Coal dust in coal handling and processing facilities

Agricultural Products Metal Dust  
Agricultural Dusts Plastic Dusts  
Carbonaceous Dust    


If your company processes any of these products, there is potential for a “Combustible Dust” Explosion.

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Note: OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.269(v)(11)(xii) addresses control of ignition sources at coal handling operations in electric power plants.

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has authority in some areas involving coal crushing and conveying.

See OSHA Instruction CPL 02-01-038 dated June 18, 2003, For additional guidance on authority.


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