OSHA Releases Booklet for Responders Encountering Combustible Dust

OSHA has issued a new booklet, "Firefighting Precautions at Facilities with Combustible Dust," to aid emergency responders who may face fires and explosions caused by combustible dust. The primary purpose of this document is to protect emergency responders from harm by giving them a framework for gathering the necessary information prior to an emergency and converting it into safe operating procedures. In this document, emergency responders include firefighters, fire
brigade members, hazardous materials teams, and others who might be called upon to respond when a fire or explosion occurs. This document is not intended to provide specific strategies or tactics to be used during emergency responses. It does, however, discuss some tactics that should be considered. The information
presented here and collected during pre-incident surveys should be used to train all emergency responders on how to properly handle incidents at facilities with combustible dusts

Source : http://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA_3644.pdf

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