WEBINAR - Combustible Dusts and the Need for Performing a Process Hazard Assessment

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Combustible material, when finely divided into a dust, dispersed in the right concentration in a confined area, and in the presence of adequate oxygen and an ignition source, poses a serious threat to employee safety and health. Federal OSHA introduced a national emphasis program addressing combustible dust in October of 2007, reissued it in March of 2008, and has begun the process of developing an occupational safety and health standard addressing the hazard. If a combustible dust is handled, produced or generated by a facility, employers are encouraged to perform a process hazard assessment or analysis (PHA) to determine any risk(s) it poses. This webinar will initially address the identification of combustible dust and provide a basic understanding of its control technologies. It will then focus on the overview, purpose, methods, and elements of a PHA that will lead to successfully identifying the hazards posed by combustible dust(s) in the workplace.

Upon completion of this webinar, participants will have a solid understanding of the purpose and process of performing a combustible dust PHA. This enhanced insight will help participants to be more engaged and informed members of PHA teams. Webinar participants will also be better able to interpret a PHA and implement corrective actions to address identified hazards. Participants will not be qualified to lead a combustible dust PHA team on the basis of this webinar alone, as special background knowledge and technical training is required to be considered a "qualified professional" in the field of combustible dust and dust explosion hazard assessment.

Learning Objectives

After participating in this webinar, attendees will be able to discuss the following regarding combustible dusts:

  • With respect to its identification and overview:
    1. Brief overview of hazard and requirements
    2. Explosion characteristics
    3. Sampling and accepted test methods
    4. Control measures
  • Assessing the hazard it presents – what is a PHA?:
    1. Overview and purpose of a PHA
    2. Types of PHAs and performance methods
    3. Who should participate as part of the PHA team
    4. Elements of a combustible dust PHA
    5. Special areas of focus for a combustible dust PHA

Who Should Attend this Webinar?

Industrial Hygienists
Occupational Health and Safety Professionals
Industrial Plant Managers
Industrial Plant Safety Personnel
Industrial Plant Maintenance Personnel

What is an ACGIH® Webinar?

ACGIH® is dedicated to providing quality, scientific, educational events. One method of doing this is to offer distance-learning webinars. A webinar, short for Web-based seminar, is a presentation, lecture, or seminar that is transmitted over the Internet. A key feature of a webinar is its interactive elements — the ability to give, receive and discuss information. Webinars are as effective as on-site presentations without the travel expense. An ACGIH® webinar is 2½ hours in duration and consists of a live presentation given via the Internet with an audio telephone link similar to that of a conference call.

Audio Option

ACGIH® is pleased to offer webinar attendees an audio option. U.S. and Canadian attendees can connect to the audio portion of the webinar via the toll-free audio telephone link or listen to the audio portion through an audio stream directly through their computer. Other international participants can listen via the audio stream without incurring additional telephone charges.


This webinar contains 2.5 hours of instruction and may be eligible for ABIH CM credit. See the ABIH website (www.abih.org) for CM credit criteria. This webinar may qualify for .15 BCSP (SP) Continuance of Certification (COC) Point for Certified Safety Professionals. Participants seeking confirmation of attendance for the webinar from ACGIH® must attend the live webinar or view the archive and submit a final exam and evaluation. Certificates of Completion will be issued in a timely manner after receipt and completion of these items.