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  • The combustible dust fire and explosion Pentagon

    In February 1999, an explosion in a foundry in Massachusetts killed three and injured nine. Almost four years later in January 2003, an explosion in a North Carolina pharmaceutical plant killed six and injured 38. A month later, seven are killed in an explosion in a Kentucky acoustics insulation manufacturing plant and 37 more are injured; and in February 2008, an explosion at a Georgia sugar ...


    By The Compliance Center (ICC)

  • EMSL Releases Combustible Dust Poster

    EMSL is pleased to announce the release of a new Combustible Dust Testing poster available for distribution on the company’s website: www.EMSL.com.   The poster is free and is a great informational resource for those in industries with combustible dust hazards, including food, grain, wood, pulp, paper, plastics, pharmaceutical, rubber, metals and ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • ISHM Educates Workers about Combustible Dust Hazards

    Several months ago, a sawmill explosion took place in Prince George, British Columbia.  The explosion was felt by many area residents, one of whom reported it felt like an earthquake.  The explosion resulted in a fatality and multiple injuries to the sawmill’s employees. The suspected culprit in the explosion was combustible sawdust.  Wood dust is a known combustible dust ...

  • Combustible Dust Hazards Exposed in New Online Video

    Combustible dusts are fine particles that present an explosion hazard when suspended in air under certain conditions. A dust explosion can be catastrophic and cause employee deaths, injuries, and the destruction of entire buildings. In many combustible dust accidents, employers and employees were unaware that a hazard even existed.   In response to theses threats, the IAQ Video ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Workers Still Exposed to Combustible Dust Hazards

    An explosion last month at a Shanghai factory producing parts for Apple injured 61 employees.  The explosion is believed to have been caused by a build-up of combustible aluminum dust. According to the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), “Any combustible material (and some materials normally considered noncombustible) can burn rapidly when in a finely divided ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Possible Combustible Dust Explosion Kills Two at Sawmill

    Last week, a sawmill in Prince George, British Columbia exploded and caught on fire.  The explosion was heard blocks away from the disaster and some residents thought there had been an earthquake.   The explosion and fire killed two workers and injured over 20 others.  Some of the injured have been admitted to local hospitals suffering from burns and other related injuries. ...

  • Zinc Dusts Can Lead to Deadly Combustible Dust Explosions

    Earlier this year, a team of doctors and nurses from the United States traveled to Bolivia to take part in an emergency drill at a zinc mining facility.  The exercise involved a simulated explosion at the plant. Zinc is a metallic chemical element represent by the symbol Zn.  It is the 24th most abundant element in the Earth’s crust.  Zinc is used in many alloys, including ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Adipic Acid Dusts Can Lead to Deadly Combustible Dust Explosions

    Cinnaminson, NJ, August 1st, 2012 Approximately 2.5 billion kilograms of adipic acid are produced annually.  This organic compound is used in the production of nylon, polyurethane, adhesives and plasticizers. Adipic acid is a white crystalline powder. Some common other names for adipic acid include: Acifloctin; Acinetten; Adilatetten; Adipinic Acid; 1,4-Butanedicarboxylic Acid; ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Aluminum Dusts Can Lead to Deadly Combustible Dust Explosions

    Aluminum, known by its symbol Al, is the third most abundant element in the Earth’s crust.  Aluminum and its alloys are vital components in a number of modern products and structural elements used today.  It is known for its low density and ability to resist corrosion making it the most widely used non-ferrous metal. Millions of tons of the metal are produced each year for global ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Industrial Combustible Dust Tragedies can be Prevented

    One year ago, a combustible dust explosion killed a worker at the Hoeganaes facility in Gallatin, Tennessee.  During the same year there were additional two accidents at the plant that have been linked to combustible dust resulting in several additional deaths and injuries. The investigation found that significant amounts of fine iron powder had accumulated over time at the facility and the ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Magnesium: A Potential Combustible Dust Hazard in the Workplace

    Magnesium (Mg) is a chemical element and an alkaline earth metal.  It is one of the most common elements found in the Earth.  The free element is a highly reactive material that is not found naturally, but is used by today’s industry. The material is one of the most commonly used structural metals.  It is used as a component of aluminum alloys, for die-casting and to remove ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Mississippi sawmill exposes workers to unprotected machinery, combustible dust and other hazards

    Employer name: Tallahatchie Lumber and Mat Co. Inc. Inspection findings: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued the employer one willful, 22 serious and four other-than-serious safety citations. The agency initiated the ...

  • Dual Sawmill Explosions Raise Safety Concerns over Combustible Dusts

    2012 has been a challenging year for the wood processing industry across North America.  There have already been two sawmill explosions and fires in Canada that have resulted in dozens of injuries and killed four workers.  The suspected culprit in both cases was combustible dust.    According to the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), “In ...


    By IAQ Services Inc.

  • Earnie speaking on Combustible Dust at GEAPS Canadian Prairies 2014 Expo

    E.S. (Earnie) McCutcheon will be speaking at the GEAPS Canadian Prairie Region 2014 Expo on Combustible Dust. Earnie has more than 35 years of engineering experience. The majority of that time has spent specializing in industrial ventilation and material handling. He has worked with clients throughout Canada and the US. He has spent time in both the ...


    By AirSys Technologies, Inc.

  • Combustible Dust Precaution Measures Prevent Dangerous and Costly Situations

    The environmental and building science consultants from EC2 help industries that generate, or handle combustible dusts, test and comply with safety conditions to prevent deadly explosions and expensive fines.   Several years ago in response to ongoing industrial and agricultural accidents related to the ignition of combustible dusts, OSHA issued Directive #: CPL 03-00-008, Subject: ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Combustible dust believed to have caused explosion at Canadian nursery

    Industries that generate or handle combustible dusts should consider having materials tested according to EMSL Analytical, Inc. A recent explosion at a plant nursery in New Brunswick, Canada is believed to have been caused by peat moss dust. An explosion was heard by employees that resulted in a fire that burned down 3 buildings and caused close to US$1 million in damages. It took almost 100 ...


  • Combustible Dust Tragedies Could be Prevented through Laboratory Testing

    Just over nine years ago, an explosion and fire killed seven workers and injured 37 at an acoustics manufacturing plant in Corbin, Kentucky. Due to the catastrophic nature of this incident, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) conducted an investigation to determine the root and contributing causes to be able to make recommendations to prevent similar occurrences. The ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • New Guidance Document Issued Over Combustible Dusts & Firefighting Precautions

    According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there have been 130 worker fatalities and 780 injuries due to combustible dust explosions since 1980. In response, OSHA has just published a new booklet entitled, Firefighting Precautions at Facilities with Combustible Dust. According to an OSHA news release, “The publication describes how ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • OSHA issues new resource to protect emergency workers at combustible dust fires

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today published Firefighting Precautions at Facilities with Combustible Dust*, a new, informative booklet that outlines safe procedures for emergency responders who may face fires and explosions caused by combustible dust. "This booklet will keep both emergency response and facility workers safe ...

  • US Erosion Control Products exposed workers to combustible dust hazards

    US Department of Labor's OSHA cites south Georgia manufacturer with 46 serious safety and health violations. SAVANNAH, Ga. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Protech Environmental South Inc., doing business as U.S. Erosion Control Products Inc., following an inspection that uncovered 46 alleged safety and health hazards including worker ...

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