Fact Sheet: 2011 Combustible Dust Related Incidents, NFIRS Analysis
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A Combustible Dust Policy Institute (CDPI) preliminary analysis of 2011 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incident data provided by the National Fire Data Center of the U.S. Fire ...

A Combustible Dust Policy Institute (CDPI) preliminary analysis of 2011 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incident data provided by the National Fire Data Center of the U.S. Fire Administration indicated over 500 combustible dust related incidents in manufacturing facilities where dust was the item first ignited. Near misses include incidents that did not result in harm to personnel, the facility, process, or product. Analysis did not include the grain elevators or coal-fired energy plants.

Additionally, the CDPI analysis does not include many incidents not reported by fire departments to the National Fire Data Center (NFDC). As a result there are many more combustible dust related incidents that cannot be evaluated in determining whether the incident was a near miss or not.

Special thanks to the nation's Fire Departments, NFIC State Program Managers, and the National Fire Data Center at the U.S. Fire Administration in sharing this valuable Information.

Near misses can no longer be ignored. It's very distressing that OSHA in the combustible dust rulemaking process in conjunction with the legislators in the reintroduction of the proposed combustible dust bill H.R. 691 have chosen to exclude 95% of combustible dust related incidents occuring in manufacturing facilities, which do not result in personnel casualties. Yet these very same incidents, as history illustrates are precursors to catastrophe. The rest of the story.... http://dustexplosions.blogspot.com/2013/04/fact-sheet-2011-combustible-dust.html

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Fact Sheet: 2011 Combustible Dust Related Incidents, NFIRS Analysis Fact Sheet: 2011 Combustible Dust Related Incidents, NFIRS Analysis Presentation Transcript

  • Fact Sheet 2011 Combustible Dust Related Incidents U.S.A. Manufacturing FacilitiesNational Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) Analysis Combustible Dust Policy Institute
  • Combustible Dust Related Incidents 2011 Employee Casualites Near Misses 5% Property/Content LossDamages 28% Employee Casualites Near Misses 67% Combustible Dust Policy Institute Combustible Dust Policy Institute
  • CDPI Notes• Over 500 combustible dust related incidents in 2011.• NFIRS analysis does not include grain elevators or coal- fired energy plants.• Many incidents not reported to NFIRS by fire departments.• Dust, #94 item first ignited (NFIRS Fire Module).• Near miss includes no harm to personnel, property or contents. Combustible Dust Policy Institute
  • U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) “Near Misses” Hayes Lemmerz International CSB Accident Investigation Report September 2005“Smaller incidents and “near misses” oftenforeshadow serious accidents. If companieslearn from and respond to smaller events, theycan prevent more serious incidents.” Combustible Dust Policy Institute
  • U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) “Near Misses” Imperial Sugar Company CSB Accident Investigation Report September 2009"The CSB concluded that the small events and “near-misses” caused company management, and the managers and workers at both the Port Wentworth, Georgia, and Gramercy, Louisiana, facilities to lose sight of the ongoing and significant hazards posed by accumulated sugar dust in the packing buildings." Combustible Dust Policy Institute
  • U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) “Near Misses” Hoeganaes Corporation CSB Case Study December 2011"Operators and mechanics reported being involved in multiple flash fires during their employment at the Gallatin facility. Rarely would operators report the minor flash fires and “near-misses” that periodically occurred." Combustible Dust Policy Institute
  • Special Thanks toFire Departments, NFIC State Program Managers, and the National Fire Data Center at the U.S. Fire Administration in Providing Valuable NFIRS Data Combustible Dust Policy Institute