Any industry that produces raw materials has to deal with dust. Whether it’s a sawmill, a metalworking factory, or a fabrication facility, dust is an issue. Additionally, now that OSHA has created standards and rules for handling dust, it’s especially important to go the distance when it comes to dust removal.
OSHA is involved not only because dust particles can hurt people’s lungs; they are worried about preventing explosions. Particles that are suspended in the air can be highly dangerous, especially if they are a combustible material like wood or flour. During the past ten years, quite a few unfortunate situations have killed or hurt employees, and OSHA is on a mission to prevent this. Make sure you join them by creating a work environment free of anything that could cause death or harm!
Your Responsibilities as an Employer
- Let’s face it: you can’t be everywhere at once. The best thing you can do is train your people to recognize signs that something is about to go wrong. Though OSHA has a group of employees they require you to train, we recommend you train your entire staff with general information. The training will be best if you lecture as well as present practical demonstrations. Let the employees get in there and learn the actions. And don’t train them once and dismiss them: they need to be retrained every six months, and if any of them change positions, you should make sure they know the precautions for their new workplace.
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