Combustible Dust Prevention

Overview

The presence of dust or lint presents a explosion and fire hazard.  Under certain conditions dust suspended in air in the right concentration can become explosion. This document establishes requirements and procedures to control combustible dust accumulation through routine housekeeping, preventive maintenance, and special cleaning.

Written Program

Combustible Dust Prevention Program (391 kb, pdf)

Training Requirements

Combustible Dust Training: All employees exposed to areas with combustible dust shall complete the combustible dust training course (RMS - Combustible Dust Training for St. Michael's Laundry) in complyND. Training is required initially and every three years thereafter.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Given the hazards, all employees involved in cleaning dust are required to complete PPE training. The course, RMS – Personal Protective Equipment Fundamentals Training is available in complyND and shall be completed annually.

Resources

NFPA 654: Standard for the Prevention of Fire and Dust Explosions from the Manufacturing Processing and Handling of Combustible Particulate Solids update page

OSHA Combustible Dust Overview