WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor''s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is seeking public input through January 19, 2010, in developing regulations to reduce the potential for disasters resulting from combustible dust, according to the Northwest Times.
OSHA started its Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program October 18, 2007, to inspect facilities generating or handling combustible dusts that pose an explosion or other fire hazard and there continues to be a high number of employers not taking adequate steps to reduce harm to employees, proving the need for a comprehensive combustible dust standard, the story stated.
Since 1980, more than 130 workers have been killed and more than 780 injured in combustible dust explosions, the story noted.
U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis said: "It''s time for workers to stop dying in preventable combustible dust explosions. Workplace safety is not a slogan. It''s a priority clearly embodied in our laws."
Online comments can be sent electronically through www.regulations.gov by clicking on the "submit a comment" tab and typing "1218-AC41" in the keyword search field; faxed submissions less than 10 pages can be sent to (202) 693-1648, the story added.
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