CHICAGO - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has scheduled its latest informal stakeholder meetings to continue soliciting comments and suggestions for protecting workers from combustible dust hazards in the workplace.

The Chicago meetings will be held April 21 at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare Hotel and Conference Center, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont, IL. Click here to view the Federal Register notice.
OSHA will consider participants' comments in developing a proposed standard for combustible dust.

According to OSHA, more than 130 workers have been killed and more than 780 injured in combustible dust explosions since 1980.

This set of meetings is the third in a series addressing combustible dust hazards. The first meetings were held in Washington, DC. A second meeting was held in Atlanta to facilitate participation by families of victims of the Feb. 7, 2008, explosion at an Imperial Sugar Co. plant in Port Wentworth, GA, which killed 14 workers and resulted in OSHA issuing nearly $8.8 million in penalties.

Individuals interested in participating must register by submitting a notice of intent to participate by April 7. Notices can be submitted electronically by registering at https://www2.ergweb.com/projects/conferences/osha/register-osha-stakeholder.htm. Registrations also can be faxed to 781-674-2906. Or, registrations can be mailed to ERG Inc., 110 Hartwell Ave., Lexington, MA 02421. Registrations that are faxed or mailed should be labeled "Attention: OSHA Combustible Dust Stakeholder Meeting Registration."

For general and technical information, the public may contact Mat Chibbaro, OSHA, Office of Safety Systems, at (202) 693-2255.

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