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1. OSHA defines combustible dust as fine particles that present an explosion hazard when suspended in air under certain conditions.
2. Any combustible material can burn rapidly when in a finely divided form.
3. If such dust is suspended in air in the right concentration, under certain conditions, it can become explosive.
4. Even materials that do not burn in larger pieces (such as aluminum or iron), given the proper conditions, can be explosive in dust form.
5. The force from such an explosion can cause employee deaths, injuries, and destruction of entire buildings.
6. A wide variety of materials that can be explosive in dust form exist in many industries.
7. In many combustible dust explosions, workers and managers were unaware of the potential for dust explosions, or failed to recognize the serious nature of dust explosion hazards.
8. 9 serious combustible dust incidents have been investigated by the CSB since 2003.
9. NFPA 652 provides the general requirements for management of combustible dust fire and explosion hazards, and directs the user to NFPA’s industry or commodity-specific standards, as appropriate.
10. In the U.S. alone, according to the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB), 50 combustible dust accidents, resulting in 29 fatalities and 161 injuries, occurred between 2008 and 2012.
11. Broom sweeping, and using compressed air to remove dust actually stirs the dust into the air creating a combustible dust cloud which may cause a combustible dust explosion.
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