April 30, 2008(Key vote)
Title: Requiring OSHA to Establish Combustible Dust Safety Standards
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to pass a bill that requires the Secretary of Labor to set safety standards for combustible dusts.
Requires the Secretary of Labor to implement an interim final standard to regulate combustible dusts that applies to manufacturing, processing, blending, conveying, repackaging, and handling of particulate solids and their dusts, with the exception of processes already covered by OSHA's standards for grain facilities (Sec. 3).
Requires the interim final standard to include hazard assessment, a written program with provisions for hazardous dust inspection, engineering controls and other procedures to control dust emissions and ignition sources, housekeeping to prevent accumulation of combustible dust in places of employment, employee participation in hazard assessment, and written safety and health information with annual training to employees (Sec. 3).
States that the interim final standard shall be issued within 90 days of the enactment of the bill and shall take effect 30 days after it is issued, and a final standard shall be implemented within 18 months of enactment of the bill (Sec. 3).