Wood Dust And The Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program

Submitted By jcray5
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After reading the article I would have to report this to the State Labor Cabinet for review. Breathing any kind of dust is harmful to the human body. Wood dust becomes a potential health problem when wood particles from processes such as sanding and cutting become airborne. Breathing these particles may cause allergic respiratory symptoms, mucosal and non-allergic respiratory symptoms, and cancer. The extent of these hazards and the associated wood types have not been clearly established.
OSHA initiated its previous Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program on October 18, 2007. As a result of a recent catastrophic accident involving a combustible dust explosion at a sugar refinery, OSHA has decided to intensify its focus on this hazard. The Agency will increase its activities in outreach, training, the creation and dissemination of guidance and educational materials and cooperative ventures with stakeholders, as well as enhancing its enforcement activities through this amendment to the National Emphasis Program.
Possible consequences for reporting this situation is everyone could lose their jobs that would create a ripple effect to even possible people losing their homes. Also it is possible that the company could shut down for a time until the repairs are made. I once worked in a factory that created a lot of dust from metal. We shut down once a month for house cleaning, replacing worn out parts making the place a safe work environment. So this…