Combustible Dust Awareness: Health Exposure & Safety Issues

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Prerecorded Event
60 minutes
Product Description

Don’t Get Caught Underprepared for this Often Overlooked Danger


Combustible dust is present in many different industrial processes.  However, workers, employers, and even manufacturers are often unaware of the potential for dust explosions and may fail to recognize the serious nature of these events. This means that your facility may be underprepared for the safety and health exposures these materials pose.

Utilities safety director Jarred O’Dell explains this little-understood problem and shows you how to safeguard both workers and workplaces. A variety of different types of dusts can pose a wide range of problems, and O’Dell identifies their elements, gives you a detailed understanding of the hazard, and explains assessment programs. Plus, he’ll narrate examples of past combustible dust explosions to give you a complete risk picture.

After attending this information-packed session, you will understand what causes an explosion, how to assess your manufacturing facility’s risk for combustible dust, and which physical safety and personnel training changes you may need to make. Many key officials underestimate these deadly threats—don’t be one of them.

Session Highlights

This instructive session covers:

  • Examples of combustible dust explosions in the United States
  • Definition of terms
  • Anatomy of combustible dust explosions
  • Assessment methods
  • Training considerations
  • Resources

Who Should Attend

  • Environmental health & safety (EHS) professionals
  • Human Resources managers
  • Professionals who oversee organizational EHS programs
  • Members of organizational safety committees
  • Engineers, ergonomists, industrial hygienists, and other facility and plant system designers involved in human/machine interfacing
  • Maintenance staff members and supervisors
  • Members of organizational legal departments that work with EHS functions
  • Organizational leaders interested in management systems and organizational leadership techniques related to EHS
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About Our Speaker


Jarred O'Dell is the Safety Director for Syracuse Utilities and an instructor at the OSHA Region II Education Center at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Jarred holds the credential of Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and is currently working on his doctorate in safety sciences at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  He is also a published safety researcher and has written many safety articles.

Jarred’s safety efforts have been recognized by his peers...   More Info
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