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Combustible dust rules delayed

February 03, 2012
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NASHVILLE — Even though new rules could prevent deaths like the five that occurred in Tennessee last year, new safety rules will not be approved any time soon, according to Fox News.

The U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) is developing rules that would require many industries to better control combustible dust hazards, but they were recently moved to a long-term agenda, the article stated.

According to the article, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board has been pushing to fast track the rules after investigating accidents at Hoeganaes Corporation five years ago.

"Hoeganaes should have made a believer out of everybody. It''s appalling what went on there," said Bill Kauffman, a retired professor of aeronautical engineering with the University of Michigan.

Kauffman, who helped develop rules in the 1980s that have led to a steep decline in deaths from grain dust explosions, believes some officials at OSHA are trying to make the rules too complicated, the article noted.

"They seem to be splitting hairs — ''This dust. That dust.'' — Why don''t they just say, ''Anything that burns?''" he said.

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