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Dust Hazard Analysis

Is your grain facility compliant with OSHA’s new requirement?

Deadline to submit results: 2020

Prior to 2016, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) had multiple industry-specific standards related to combustible dust. All of them were developed by separate committees, and they imposed a wide variety of requirements on various industries.  To address this disparity, NFPA issued a new standard in 2016, NFPA 652: Standard on the Fundamentals of Combustible Dust.

Although the NFPA cannot make or enforce laws or codes, OSHA incorporates NFPA standards under the General Duty Clause (Section 5(a)(1)) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970.  As a result, companies found in violation of the NFPA standards can be cited under Federal OSHA jurisdiction.

One of the new requirements of NFPA 652 is the completion of a Dust Hazard Analysis (DHA) within three years by every facility that falls under these standards. The grain dust standard, NFPA 61, was updated in 2017 to extend the deadline for grain facilities to complete their DHA by September 2020.

Dust Hazard Analysis in Grain Facilities

By September 2020, NFPA 652, Chapter 7, requires that all grain facilities test their dust for the risk of explosion. The analysis must be performed by a qualified entity with demonstrated expertise in the subject matter. Matrix PDM’s multidiscipline engineers can provide accurate, unbiased results and if needed, design modifications to ensure that your grain facility operates at optimum level.

Act now

To learn more about this requirement on your grain facility, download Matrix PDM’s whitepaper here. To schedule your analysis, contact Matrix PDM Engineering today by filling out the form below, or calling 866 367 6879.

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