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OSHA Settles with Carpet Manufacturer over Dust and Electrical Hazards

EMSL Analytical offers combustible dust testing solutions to help prevent workplace injuries, deaths and property destruction.


Cinnaminson, NJ, October 17, 2012
Last month, the Atlanta Business Chronicle reported that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) had reached a settlement with a major carpet and floor tile manufacturer. The settlement came after citations issued by OSHA last year that found violations involving dust, unguarded floors and electrical hazards.
According to the article, “The facilities make carpet pads by grinding, mixing and rebonding recycled polymer foam materials, a process that can involve explosion hazards.” The manufacturer has agreed to hire a licensed professional fire protection engineer, to develop procedures for regularly cleaning and removing polymer foam dust, and to provide combustible dust training for their employees.
Many types of dusts created during manufacturing processes can cause a combustible dust hazard.  OSHA reports, “Any combustible material can burn rapidly when in a finely divided form. If such a dust is suspended in air in the right concentration, under certain conditions, it can become explosible. Even materials that do not burn in larger pieces (such as aluminum or iron), given the proper conditions, can be explosible in dust form.”
EMSL Analytical, one of the leading combustible dust testing laboratories in North America, provides testing services to help determine combustible dust hazards and prevent workplace explosions. “Polymer foam dust in high enough concentrations can be a real combustible dust hazard in an enclosed environment,” reported Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President, Marketing at EMSL Analytical. “To prevent injuries, deaths and the destruction of property it’s critical that companies that create dust during manufacturing or processing test for these hazards and implement proper procedures to prevent an explosion. EMSL can help with combustible dust testing services for polymer foam dust and many other materials.”
EMSL recently sponsored an educational video about combustible dust hazards that can be seen at:
To learn more about combustible dust testing services please visit, call (800)220-3675 or email .
About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of environmental and materials testing services and products to professionals and the general public.  The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies.


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