The engineers here at CTI have had great success over the past several years in reducing risks associated with combustible dust fires and explosions. Much of our work has focused on hazard analysis, design of fire and explosion prevention and protection systems, and safety procedures and training. But there is another field we have been working on that I feel is worth discussing – mechanical design of equipment and processes to eliminate fugitive dust.
The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) is in the process of writing the revised General Storm Water Permit for Industrial Activities, which will likely take effect on August 1, 2011. The EPD has released two draft versions of the new Permit, the most recent being released on February 17th, 2011. There are two more stakeholder meetings to be held at the EPD tradeport offices, and Brian Edwards of CTI will be attending those meetings on February 23rd and March 9th.
The new permit will have impacts to all permitted facilities, so please feel free to contact us if you would like to discuss this issue.
Brian Edwards, PE of Conversion Technology, Inc. will be a trainer at the Understanding Combustible Dust Seminar presented by Lewellyn Technology on April 12, 2011. Brian will be discussing the science behind combustible dust incidents, along with fire and explosion prevention and protection. Visit www.safedust.com for details on how to register. To learn more about CTI’s consulting services, please visit: Combustible Dust Safety.
Other presenters will include:
Georgia has created a new rule that will affect a multitude of facilities across the state. The Georgia Safety Fire Commissioner has enacted Chapter 120-3-24: Rules and Regulations for Loss Prevention Due to Combustible Dust Explosion and Fire, and these rules have an effective date of March 9, 2010. These rules were specifically made by the State of Georgia to regulate combustible dust in response to the Imperial Sugar tragedy in Port Wentworth, GA that claimed the lives of 14 people and injured many more.
In late 2009, OSHA released an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) for combustible dust hazards, investigating regulatory methods of reducing the hazards associated with combustible dust at industrial facilities. In December 2009, stakeholder meetings were held in Washington, D.C. to allow industry’s voice to be heard on the issue. Now OSHA has set January 19, 2010 as the date by which all comments from interested or affected parties need to be submitted. All of these steps point to the fact that OSHA continues to progress in the rulemaking process, and the completion of formal regulations is not far away.
Even though this rulemaking process is incomplete, OSHA is already taking enforcement steps based on the Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program (NEP), which was reissued in March 2008 and is concerned with facilities at which combustible dust is likely to pose a hazard. OSHA officials are currently performing inspections to enforce this NEP, and nationally nearly 4,000 violations have already been issued during over 800 inspections. Therefore, industrial facilities do not have the option of passively waiting until OSHA rulemaking is finalized to take steps toward compliance. To ensure facility safety, as well as avoid costly fines, facilities should work to identify and eliminate combustible dust hazards as soon as possible. Continue reading “Safety Alert: Combustible Dust”
A new year often brings new concerns for industries, as new laws and requirements often take effect at the change of the calendar. January 1, 2010 ushered in the EPA’s new Greenhouse Gas Reporting requirements which directly affect a large number of industrial facilities. Continue reading “Greenhouse Gas Reporting News Alert”
Over the past year, OSHA has been acting under a National Emphasis Program (NEP) to address combustible dust hazards at facilities. This NEP identifies the industries where combustible dust may be present and establishes an inspection schedule for these facilities. In August 2009, OSHA will issue an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for combustible dust hazards where the Administration will begin evaluating the regulatory methods for reducing the hazards from combustible dust.
It is that time of year again. Reporting year 2008 Form R (or Form A) reports as required by Section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) are due by July 1, 2009.
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