Dust Hazard Analysis Services

Are your new or existing processes and facilities in compliance with OSHA's Revised Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program (NEP)?

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OSHA National Emphasis Program - Combustible Dust

OSHA recently announced a Revised Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program (DIRECTIVE NUMBER: CPL 03-00-008 EFFECTIVE DATE: 01/30/2023) which is aimed at addressing the risks associated with combustible dust in various industries.

Combustible dust poses significant hazards, and OSHA has recognized the importance of proactive measures to mitigate these dangers. The NEP outlines inspection procedures to target facilities where combustible dust hazards are prevalent and stresses the importance of a Dust Hazard Analysis.

At IFO Group, our Dust Hazard Analysis (DHA) services become even more crucial in this context.  By conducting a thorough DHA, we not only ensure compliance with OSHA's regulations but also help you create a safer work environment for your employees.

What is a Dust Hazard Analysis (DHA)?

A Dust Hazard Analysis (DHA) is a "systematic review to identify and evaluate the potential fire, flash fire, or explosion hazards associated with the presence of one or more combustible particulate solids in a process or facility".  -NFPA 652 (2019) 3.3.18

This evaluation involves considering the material's combustibility or explosibility, which can be determined through historical data or laboratory analysis.

The DHA covers various aspects of the process including combustible dust transport, fugitive dust generation, the potential for deflagration propagation, oxidizing atmospheres, credible ignition sources, and mechanisms for dust suspension.

IFO Group offers process evaluation, including potential ignition sources, and will coordinate analytical testing to determine if the dust in your facility is combustible before offering management strategies.

Types of combustible dust include:

  • Most organic dust (coal, flour, grains, sugar, and wood)
  • Metals
  • Plastics
  • Pharmaceuticals

How Do DHA Requirements Affect You?

  • Prevent catastrophic dust explosions and fires.
  • Protect workers from combustible dust hazards.
  • Avoid costly fines imposed by OSHA for willful violations.
  • Protect integrity and customer confidence in your business.
  • Satisfy insurance risk control requirements.
  • Safeguard processing equipment and business continuity.

Did you know that NFPA 652 requires an existing DHA be reviewed and updated every five years?

Key Steps Involved in the DHA Process

By following these key steps, you can systematically identify, assess, and mitigate hazards, ultimately enhancing workplace safety and compliance with industry standards.

DHA Elements

Conducting regular DHAs and staying vigilant about combustible dust management is an ongoing commitment to ensuring a safer and more secure work environment.

If your facility has combustible dust, we can help.

Contact an experienced Dust Hazard Specialist now.