AIHA Supports Standard Regulating Combustible Dust

Posted April 10, 2013

On Monday AIHA® submitted comments on HR 691, a bill proposed by Rep. George Miller that would direct OSHA to issue interim and final standards regarding worker exposure to combustible dust. AIHA remains concerned that OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard inadequately addresses dust explosion hazards and fails to ensure that safe work practices and guidance documents are included in MSDSs. Further action from OSHA is urgently needed to address this issue. AIHA supports HR 691, which directs the Secretary of Labor to promulgate an interim final standard regulating combustible dusts and a final standard no later than 18 months after enactment of HR 691.

AIHA has two specific comments on HR 691 for the House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce to consider:

  1. Under Section 3, (c) Requirements, AIHA would like to see an additional requirement added “for the periodic inspection and maintenance of engineering controls and equipment, recordkeeping of the results of the inspections, and correction of any problems found during the inspections within a reasonable time.”
  2. AIHA also suggests that the Committee consider whether it is possible for OSHA to promulgate a final standard within 18 months after the date of enactment of the legislation. While AIHA does not wish for any delay in promulgating a final standard, it may be difficult for the agency to promulgate a final standard in this length of time.

Read AIHA’s letter to Rep. Miller.