LEESBURG, VA. – To assist North American wood products companies in identifying specialists and experts on combustible wood dust, the American Wood Council (AWC) has developed a new web page listing consultants offering services on the subject.
This new resource was developed in response to member requests for additional assistance in providing greater safety in wood manufacturing facilities. According to a 2006 study, there were 281 combustible dust incidents in all types of manufacturing facilities between 1980 and 2005. Then, in 2008, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) placed combustible dust on its National Emphasis List, resulting in increased OSHA enforcement activities, but without clear guidance on regulatory expectations.
“The wood products industry always wants to do more to ensure the safety of its employees and facilities. We expect the industry will find this resource helpful to identify professionals who can provide additional assistance with navigating OSHA requirements,” said AWC President and CEO Robert Glowinski. “Since not all of the regulations are clearly defined, having access to experts who regularly deal with OSHA requirements and dust issues will be useful.”
The list will be updated as new consultants are identified. Industry representatives are encouraged to suggest additional listings by emailing email@example.com. For more information or to access the AWC resource list, please visit: http://www.awc.org/codes-standards/fire/wooddust.