According to the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), “In addition to the health effects of wood dust, airborne dust can create the potential for a dust explosion.”
One theory regarding the recent accidents is concerns over that the wood that is being processed. Due to a pine beetle infestation that has killed countless trees, the logs are exceptionally dry increasing combustible dust hazards. Others look to the cleaning practices at the mills. According to one recent report, a union representative stated that because of the recent economic downturn clean-up crews had been reduced.
“A dust explosion, whether in a sawmill, grain silo or manufacturing facility can be catastrophic and cause employee deaths, injuries and the destruction of entire structures,”
IAQ Services USA recently sponsored an online video about combustible dust hazards. It can be seen at: http://www.youtube.com/
Mr. Bagley is a Board Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) and Safety Professional (CSP). He is a former OSHA Compliance Safety & Health Officer (CSHO) and has over 25 years of experience in health and safety in the corporate and government sectors.
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