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DOL/OSHA RIN: 1218-AC41 Publication ID: Fall 2009 
Title: Combustible Dust 
Abstract: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is considering rulemaking to develop a combustible dust standard for general industry. The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) completed a study of combustible dust hazards in late 2006, which identified 281 combustible dust incidents between 1980 and 2005 that killed 119 workers and injured 718. The CSB also recommended the Agency pursue rulemaking on this issue. While a number of OSHA standards address aspects of this risk among these are: 1910.22 Housekeeping, 1910.38 Emergency Action Plans, 1910.94 Ventilation, 1910.107 Spray Finishing, 1910.146 Permit Required Confined Spaces, 1910.269 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution (coal handling), 1910.272 Grain Handling Facilities, 1910.307 Hazard Communication), the Agency does not have a comprehensive standard that addresses combustible dust hazards. The Agency has published a Safety and Health Information Bulletin, Combustible Dust in Industry: Preventing and Mitigating the Effects of Fire and Explosions, and has implemented a Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program (NEP). OSHA will also use information gathered from the NEP as the agency considers future rulemaking. 
Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Prerule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation:  
CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1910, subpart H     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: 29 USC 6559(b)    29 USC 657   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
ANPRM  10/21/2009  74 FR 54333   
ANPRM Comment Period End  01/19/2010    
Stakeholder Meetings  12/00/2009    
Additional Information: OSHA published an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) on October 21, 2009, and plans to hold stakeholder meetings in December 2009.
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Dorothy Dougherty
Director, Directorate of Standards and Guidance
Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Room N-3718, FP Building, 200 Constitution Avenue NW.,
Washington, DC 20210
Phone:202 693-1950
Fax:202 693-1678