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[Federal Register: June 7, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 108)]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
29 CFR Part 1910
AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.
ACTION: Notice of combustible dust Web Chat.
SUMMARY: OSHA invites interested parties to participate in a Web Chat
on the workplace hazards of combustible dust. OSHA plans to use the
information gathered in response to this Web Chat in developing a
proposed standard for combustible dust.
DATES: The Web Chat will be held on June 28, 2010, at 1 p.m. EDT.
Participants are requested to provide their name, affiliation, and
e-mail address so OSHA can respond to comments or seek clarification.
Participants can access the Web Chat at http://www.dol.gov/dol/chat.htm.
The Web Blog will remain accessible for additional feedback through July 7, 2010.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Information regarding this notice is
available from the following sources:
Press inquiries. Contact Jennifer Ashley, Director, OSHA
Office of Communications, Room N-3647, U.S. Department of Labor, 200
Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone: (202) 693-
General and technical information regarding Combustible
Dust. Contact Mat Chibbaro, P.E., Fire Protection Engineer, Office of
Safety Systems, OSHA Directorate of Standards and Guidance, Room N-
3609, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW.,
Washington, DC 20210; telephone: (202) 693-2255.
Technical information regarding Web Chat logistics and
electronic access. Contact Andy Bailey, DOL Web Content Manager, Office
of Public Affairs, Division of Enterprise Communications, U.S.
Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC
20210; telephone: (202) 693-5946.
Copies of this Federal Register notice. Electronic copies
are available at http://www.regulations.gov. This
Federal Register notice, as well as news releases and other relevant
information, also are available on the OSHA Web page at http://www.osha.gov.
The hazards of combustible dust encompass a wide array of
materials, industries, and processes. Any combustible material can burn
rapidly when in a finely divided form. Materials that may form
combustible dust include, but are not limited to, wood, coal, plastics,
biosolids, candy, sugar, spice, starch, flour, feed, grain, fertilizer,
tobacco, paper, soap, rubber, drugs, dried blood, dyes, certain
textiles, and metals (such as aluminum and magnesium). Industries that
may have combustible dust hazards include, among others: animal food
manufacturing, grain handling, food manufacturing, wood product
manufacturing, chemical manufacturing, textile manufacturing, furniture
manufacturing, metal processing, fabricated metal products and
machinery manufacturing, pesticide manufacturing, pharmaceutical
manufacturing, tire manufacturing, production of rubber and plastics,
plastics and rubber products manufacturing, recycling, wastewater
treatment, and coal handling.
OSHA is developing a standard that will comprehensively address the
fire and explosion hazards of combustible dust. The Agency issued an
Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) that requested comments,
including data and other information, on issues related to the hazards
of combustible dust in the workplace. (74 FR 54334, Oct. 21, 2009).
OSHA plans to use the information received in response to the ANPR, at
the stakeholder meetings, and during the Web Chat in developing a
proposed standard for combustible dust.
II. Web Chat and Stakeholder Meetings
OSHA conducted stakeholder meetings in Washington, DC, on December
14, 2009; in Atlanta, GA, on February 17, 2010; and in Chicago, IL, on
April 21, 2010. This notice announces a Web Chat to gather additional
information beyond that provided in the stakeholder meetings. OSHA will
pose questions and interact with participants for one hour, beginning
at 1 p.m. EDT on June 28, 2010. In addition to the live Web Chat, OSHA
will also post additional information on the Department of Labor Blog,
http://www.dol.gov/dol/chat.htm. and invites the public to provide
feedback via comments on these entries. The Web Blog will remain
accessible through July 7, 2010. OSHA will monitor the site, provide
additional information, and pose additional questions when appropriate.
OSHA will introduce areas to which participants should focus their
views, concerns, and issues related to the hazards of combustible dust.
The Web Chat will center on maj