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Dust Mitigation: Housekeeping to Avoid Combustible Dust Hazards, Contamination & Fines

Tuesday, March 1 1:15 PM - 2:00 PM

Between 2007 and 2013, OSHA inspected more than 770 food facilities under the Combustible Dust National Emphasis program, issuing more than $28 million in fines across all industries.

While OSHA is working on publishing a comprehensive combustible dust standard for general industry, food manufacturers can create safer work environments with proactive dust control measures.  Combustible dust preventative maintenance includes a consistent cleaning program to minimize the accumulation of dust on floors, machinery, and most importantly, overhead and out-of-sight areas.

Instilling best engineering practices such as a solid maintenance plan with proper housekeeping equipment can reduce or eliminate dangerous dust, and help facilities avoid thousands of dollars in fines and insurance ramifications.

Participants will take away an understanding of:

  • A basic understanding of the combustible dust issue, specifically for Baking facilities
  • Review the most recent NFPA and OSHA standards and recommendations
  • Critical housekeeping best practices, as they pertain to first-hand experiences

Scott Boersma, Nilfisk-Advance, Inc.

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