In the 2013 edition of NFPA 654 Standard on Combustible Dust there were sections added that specifically require certain employees to be protected with Flame-Resistant clothing. Although OSHA has not yet publish a rule for combustible dust hazards, those industries that have been identified by OSHA should be considering the NFPA 654 standard as a guide, for proper employee protection, as required by OSHA’s general PPE rule 1910.132.
OSHA’s lack of specific action does not negate employer’s obligation to protect their employees from known hazards like combustible dust. We should encourage companies to protect employees before an accident occurs. Learn more about combustible dust from our Combustible Dust Technical Brief by using this link.