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[Federal Register: March 9, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 45)]
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
29 CFR Part 1910
AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.
ACTION: 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.
DATES: Dates and locations for the stakeholder meetings are:
April 21, 2010, at 9 a.m., in Chicago, IL.
April 21, 2010, at 1:30 p.m., in Chicago, IL.
Deadline for confirmed registration at the meetings is April 7, 2010.
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
Facsimile. Fax your request to: (781) 674-2906, and label
it "Attention: OSHA Combustible Dust Stakeholder Meeting
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
The April 21, 2010, meetings will be held at the Crowne Plaza
Chicago O'Hare Hotel and Conference Center, 5440 North River Road,
Rosemont, IL, 60018.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 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-
General and technical information. Contact Mat Chibbaro,
P.E., Fire Protection Engineer, Office of Safety Systems, OSHA
Directorate of Standards and Guidance, Room N-3609, U.S. Department of
Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone:
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.
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 issued an
Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) that requested 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. (74 FR 54334, Oct.
II. Stakeholder Meetings
OSHA conducted two stakeholder meetings in Washington, DC, on
December 14, 2009, and two stakeholder meetings in Atlanta, GA, on
February 17, 2010. 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. The stakeholder meeting
discussion will center on major issues such as:
Organization of a prospective standard.
The role of consensus standards.
Additional topics as time permits.
III. Public Participation
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:
April 21, 2010, at 9 a.m., at the Crowne Plaza Chicago
O'Hare Hotel and Conference Center, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont,
April 21, 2010, at 1:30 p.m., at the Crowne Plaza Chicago
O'Hare Hotel and Conference Center, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont,
To participate in one of the April 21, 2010 stakeholder meetings,
or be a nonparticipating observer, you may submit notice of intent
electronically, by facsimile, or by hard copy. OSHA intends to give
preference to organizations that have not participated in previous
stakeholder meetings, in order to encourage as wide a range of
viewpoints as possible. 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
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 March 2, 2010.
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
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