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This topic covers any material in the workplace that can burn rapidly when in a particulate or finely-ground form, such as grain, fertilizer, sugar, coal, and finely-ground metals such as aluminum and chromium.

It applies to any enclosed area where such dusts accumulate.

For related resources and training materials, refer to the following topics:

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Directives [CPL 03-00-008] - Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program (Reissued) 03/11/2008National
Interpretations Application of OSHA's Amended Hazard Communicatoin Standard (HCS 2012) to Combustible Dust [1910.1200] 03/04/2014National
Interpretations Classification of Combustible Dusts under the Revised Hazard Communication Standard [1910.1200(d); 1910.1200] 01/03/2014National
7 Minute Safety Trainer Combustible Dust (Outline)  National
Handouts Combustible Dust [7-Minute Safety Trainer]  National
Quizzes Combustible Dust [7-Minute Safety Trainer]  National
Handouts Combustible Dust [7-Minute Safety Trainer] - Spanish  National
Quizzes Combustible Dust [7-Minute Safety Trainer] - Spanish  National
Guidance Documents Combustible Dust in Industry: Preventing and Mitigating the Effects of Fire and Explosions  National
Guidance Documents Combustible Dust: Best Practices to Identify Hazards & Prevent Explosions, Fires, and Exposures  National
Guidance Documents Combustible dust: Does your company or firm process any of these products or materials in powdered form?  National
Toolbox Talks Combustible dust: Preventing dust explosions  National
Guidance Documents Combustible Dust: Protecting Workers from Combustible Dust Explosion Hazards  National
Questions & Answers Does OSHA require that combustible dusts be tested (MIE, etc.) as part of a hazard assessment? If so, is the test data required to be included in the MSDS for the products? 03/30/2010National
Guidance Documents Firefighting precautions at facilities with combustible dust  National
Guidance Documents OSHA Fact Sheet: Combustible Dust Explosions  National
Guidance Documents Precautions for Firefighters to Prevent Dust Explosions [OSHA QuickCard]  National
Interpretations Request for Interpretation of OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard for Combustible Dust 03/25/2013National
Interpretations Using non-electrical equipment in locations with hazardous atmospheres [1910.307] 06/29/2015National
Questions & Answers We have a dust collector that will be collecting aluminum dust from a laser. Will we need a suppression system as I understand that water cannot be used? 03/29/2016National
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