CINNAMINSON, NJ - EMSL Analytical says laboratory testing of combustible dusts can prevent tragegies such as those recently outlined by U.S. Chemical Safety Board Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso.

EMSL which supports the creation of an Occupational Safety and Health Administration dust standsrd, says it offers testing solutions for OSHA’s compliance directive for combustible dusts. The company said its Core Combustible Dust Module includes the following tests: percent through 40 mesh, percent moisture content, percent combustible material, percent combustible dust and sample weight.

“OSHA already acknowledges that any combustible material, and some materials normally considered noncombustible, can burn rapidly when in a finely divided form,” says Joe Frasca, senior vice president, marketing at EMS. “According to their website it states that if such a dust is suspended in air in the right concentration, it can become explosive. The force from these explosions can cause deaths, injuries, and destruction of entire buildings. Combustible dust explosions have killed scores of employees and injured hundreds over the past few decades.  New standards will help reduce these tragedies.”

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