This summer, NFPA will issue NFPA 652, Fundamentals of Combustible Dust, a new standard that provides the general requirements for managing combustible dust fire and explosion hazards. NFPA 652 also directs users to NFPA’s appropriate industry- or commodity-specific standards, such as NFPA 484, Combustible Metals, and establishes the relationship between those standards and itself in an effort to ensure that fundamental requirements are addressed consistently across industries, processes, and dust types.
Such consistency is essential because dust-related fires and explosions affect a range of industries around the globe, says Guy Colonna, manager of NFPA's Industrial and Chemical Engineering Division. In the United States alone, 50 combustible dust accidents occurred between 2008 and 2012, resulting in 29 fatalities and 161 injuries.
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