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July 12, 2013
Safety Daily Advisor Week in Review—July 8, 2013, to July 12, 2013

This week, the Safety Daily Advisor discussed combustible dust hazards and OSHA enforcement trends; gave advice on effective fire drills and employee fire extinguisher use; and shared important information about training workers whose first language is not English.

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Combustible dust: A review of the standardsCombustible dust explosions have leveled workplaces and killed workers. Although there is still no specific combustible dust standard, OSHA regulates the hazard in other ways.

Beware the dust explosion triangleIt’s just dust. How could it be that dangerous? The answer is because any combustible material (and some materials normally considered noncombustible) can burn rapidly when in a particulate or finely ground form.

Planning and evaluation: The keys to effective fire drillsWhen was your last fire or emergency evacuation drill? If it was more than 6 months ago, it’s time to think about staging another. Careful planning and evaluation can help you get the most out of your drills.

What’s your policy on employees using fire extinguishers?Many workplaces are equipped with portable fire extinguishers that can control small fires, preventing property damage and loss of life. However, OSHA rules prohibit workers from using fire extinguishers unless they have received training in their proper use.

Safety training in any languageDo you and your trainers know how to communicate safety information to employees for whom English may not be their first language? Do you understand the legal requirements for teaching these important policies? This Advisor gives you important information for training non-English speaking employees.

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