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Notice Of Stakeholder Meetings.

Summary

OSHA invites interested parties to participate in informal stakeholder meetings on the workplace hazards of combustible dust. OSHA plans to use the information gathered at these meetings in developing a proposed standard for combustible dust.

Unified Agenda

Combustible Dust

6 actions from October 21st, 2009 to November 2013

  • October 21st, 2009
  • December 14th, 2009
    • Stakeholder Meetings
  • January 19th, 2010
    • ANPRM Comment Period End
  • February 17th, 2010
    • Stakeholder Meetings
  • March 9th, 2010
  • November 2013
    • Initiate SBREFA
 

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DATES: Back to Top

Dates and locations for the stakeholder meetings are:

  • February 17, 2010, at 9 a.m., in Atlanta, GA;
  • February 17, 2010, at 1:30 p.m., in Atlanta, GA;
  • Additional meetings are planned for 2010, and will be announced in one or more subsequent notices.

Deadline for confirmed registration at the meetings is February 3, 2010.

ADDRESSES: Back to Top

Registration Back to Top

Submit your notice of intent to participate in one of the stakeholder meetings by one of the following:

  • Electronic. Register at https://www2.ergweb.com/projects/conferences/osha/register-osha-stakeholder.htm (follow the instructions online).
  • Facsimile. Fax your request to: (781) 674-2906, and label it “Attention: OSHA Combustible Dust Stakeholder Meeting Registration.”
  • Regular mail, express delivery, hand (courier) delivery, and messenger service. Send your request to: ERG, Inc., 110 Hartwell Avenue, Lexington, MA 02421; Attention: OSHA Combustible Dust Stakeholder Meeting Registration.

Meetings Back to Top

The February 17, 2010, meetings will be held at the Marriott Perimeter Center, 246 Perimeter Center Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30346.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Back to Top

Information regarding this notice is available from the following sources:

  • Press inquiries. Contact Jennifer Ashley, Director, OSHA Office of Communications, Room N-3647, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone: (202) 693-1999.
  • General and technical information. Contact David Wallis, Director, Office of Engineering Safety, OSHA Directorate of Standards and Guidance, Room N-3609, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone: (202) 693-2277.
  • Copies of this Federal Register notice. Electronic copies are available at http://www.regulations.gov. This Federal Register notice, as well as news releases and other relevant information, also are available on the OSHA Web page at http://www.osha.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Back to Top

I. Background Back to Top

The hazards of combustible dust encompass a wide array of materials, industries, and processes. Any combustible material can burn rapidly when in a finely divided form. Materials that may form combustible dust include, but are not limited to, wood, coal, plastics, biosolids, candy, sugar, spice, starch, flour, feed, grain, fertilizer, tobacco, paper, soap, rubber, drugs, dried blood, dyes, certain textiles, and metals (such as aluminum and magnesium). Industries that may have combustible dust hazards include, among others: Animal food manufacturing, grain handling, food manufacturing, wood product manufacturing, chemical manufacturing, textile manufacturing, furniture manufacturing, metal processing, fabricated metal products and machinery manufacturing, pesticide manufacturing, pharmaceutical manufacturing, tire manufacturing, production of rubber and plastics, plastics and rubber products manufacturing, recycling, wastewater treatment, and coal handling.

OSHA is developing a standard that will comprehensively address the fire and explosion hazards of combustible dust. The Agency has issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) (74 FR 54334) requesting comments, including data and other information, on issues related to the hazards of combustible dust in the workplace. OSHA plans to use the information received in response to the ANPR and at the stakeholder meetings in developing a proposed standard for combustible dust.

II. Stakeholder Meetings Back to Top

OSHA conducted two stakeholder meetings in Washington, DC, on December 14, 2009. This notice announces two additional stakeholder meetings. The stakeholder meetings will be conducted as a group discussion on views, concerns, and issues surrounding the hazards of combustible dust. To facilitate as much group interaction as possible, formal presentations will not be permitted. Formal input should be submitted as indicated in the ANPR referenced earlier in this notice. The stakeholder meeting discussion will center on major issues such as:

  • Scope.
  • Organization of a prospective standard.
  • The role of consensus standards.
  • Economic impacts.
  • Additional topics as time permits.

III. Public Participation Back to Top

Approximately 25 participants will be accommodated in each meeting, and three hours will be allotted for each meeting. Members of the general public may observe, but not participate in, the meetings as space permits. OSHA staff will be present to take part in the discussions. Logistics for the meetings are being managed by Eastern Research Group (ERG), which will provide a facilitator and compile notes summarizing the discussion; these notes will not identify individual speakers. ERG also will make an audio recording of each session to ensure that the summary notes are accurate; these recordings will not be transcribed. The summary notes will be posted on the docket for the Combustible Dust ANPR, Docket ID: OSHA2009-0023, available at the Web site http://www.regulations.gov.

The meetings are as follows:

  • February 17, 2010, at 9 a.m., at the Marriott Perimeter Center, 246 Perimeter Center Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30346;
  • February 17, 2010, at 1:30 p.m., at the Marriott Perimeter Center, 246 Perimeter Center Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30346;
  • The additional 2010 meeting dates and locations will be announced in one or more subsequent notices.

To participate in one of the February 17, 2009 stakeholder meetings, or be a nonparticipating observer, you may submit notice of intent electronically, by facsimile, or by hard copy. To encourage as wide a range of viewpoints as possible, OSHA intends to limit participation to organizations that have not participated in previous stakeholder meetings. OSHA will confirm participants as necessary to ensure a fair representation of interests and to facilitate gathering diverse viewpoints. To receive a confirmation of your participation 1 week before the meeting, register by the date listed in the DATES section of this notice. However, registration will remain open until the meetings are full. Additional nonparticipating observers that do not register for the meeting will be accommodated as space permits. See the ADDRESSES section of this notice for the registration Web site, facsimile number, and address. To register electronically, follow the instructions provided on the Web site. To register by mail or facsimile, please indicate the following:

  • Name, address, phone, fax, and e-mail.
  • First and second preferences of meeting time.
  • Organization for which you work.
  • Organization you represent (if different).
  • Stakeholder category: Government, industry, standards-developing organization, research or testing agency, union, trade association, insurance, fire protection equipment manufacturer, consultant, or other (if other, please specify).
  • Industry sector (if applicable): Metals, wood products, grain or wet corn milling, food (including sugar), pharmaceutical or chemical manufacturing, paper products, rubber or plastics, coal, or other (if other, please specify).

Electronic copies of this Federal Register notice, as well as news releases and other relevant documents, are available on the OSHA Web page at: http://www.osha.gov.

Authority and Signature Back to Top

This document was prepared under the direction of David Michaels, PhD, MPH, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, U.S. Department of Labor, pursuant to sections 4, 6, and 8 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (29 U.S.C. 653, 655, 657), 29 CFR part 1911, and Secretary's Order 5-2007 (72 FR 31160).

Signed at Washington, DC, on January 19, 2010.

David Michaels,

Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.

[FR Doc. 2010-1322 Filed 1-22-10; 8:45 am]

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