Overview of OSHA’s Targeting for Combustible Dust in Printing
OSHA’s Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program identifies operations that create or handle various dusts, including paper dust, as a potential for fire and explosion hazards. Since printing and bindery operations commonly generate paper and other dusts, the industry is at risk for OSHA inspections under this enforcement program as well as the associated safety concerns.
OSHA currently addresses compliance with this issue under a variety of standards including general housekeeping, electrical, and hazard communication, and references equipment design and best practices developed through the National Fire Protection Association.
This program is designed to help printers understand the scope of the enforcement and how to avoid safety risks, OSHA citations and costly penalties.
You Will Learn
- What the Combustible Dust NEP addresses and its impacts on your operations
- The hazards of combustible dust
- Applicable OSHA regulations and inspection focus
- Typical controls and best practices