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OSHA Revises the Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program and EHS Resources for Employers in Puerto Rico

Zimmetry Environmental provides testing, monitoring, consulting and training services to identify and mitigate combustible dust hazards to protect workers and to help keep companies in regulatory compliance.

Bayamon, Puerto Rico – WEBWIRE

Many materials can present a combustible dust hazard if the dust created from them is suspended in air in the right concentration and under certain conditions.

Last month, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a revised Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program (NEP). The purpose of the revised NEP is to continue OSHA inspections of facilities that generate or handle combustible dusts likely to cause fire, flash fire, deflagration and explosion hazards.

According to OSHA:
The NEP was revised based on enforcement history and combustible dust incident reports. In 2018, wood and food products made up an average of 70 percent of the materials involved in combustible dust fires and explosions. Incident reports indicate that the majority of the industries involved in combustible dust hazards are wood processing, agricultural and food production and lumber production, but others are susceptible as well.

The revised NEP introduces a new approach for locating and inspecting subject establishments. The following industries were added to the program as they were found to have a higher likelihood of having combustible dust hazards or experienced combustible dust-related fatalities/catastrophes:

  • Commercial Bakeries
  • Printing Ink Manufacturing
  • Cut Stock, Resawing Lumber and Planning
  • Leather and Hide Tanning and Finishing
  • Grain and Field Bean Merchant Wholesalers

“Many materials can present a combustible dust hazard if the dust created from them is suspended in air in the right concentration and under certain conditions,” said Harry Pena, President of Zimmetry Environmental. “In Puerto Rico and across the Caribbean, the industrial hygiene and environmental, health and safety professionals at Zimmetry offer combustible dust testing, monitoring and inspection services. We also provide employee training to help prevent combustible dust explosions, injuries, deaths, property destruction and costly noncompliance fines.”

To learn more about Zimmetry Environmental and their combustible dust, industrial hygiene and indoor environmental quality testing, compliance and consulting services, please visit, call (787) 995.0005 or email .

About Zimmetry Environmental
Since 2002, Zimmetry Environmental has been providing environmental consulting services to building owners and managers, architects, engineers, EHS professionals and Fortune 500 companies. The company is based in Puerto Rico and provides services across the Caribbean and Central America. The professionals at Zimmetry offer environmental compliance, indoor air quality, asbestos, lead-based paint, Phase I ESAs and general environmental consulting services.

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