From ICIS news on potential US dust legislation and updates to MSDSs:

William Wright, interim head of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB), told the House Education and Labor Committee that prompt regulatory action by Congress is necessary to “protect US jobs, businesses and communities that will otherwise be harmed or lost from deadly dust explosions”…

Wright also recommended to the committee that material safety data sheets (MSDS), documents that chemical manufacturers must provide to buyers detailing product hazards, should be updated to alert chemical and plastics users to the dangers posed by dust that may be inherent in or generated by use or processing of a substance.

Wright said that in the safety board’s 2006 study, it found that only half of some 140 MSDS documents examined contained any warning that the material could pose an explosive dust hazard, and only a handful of the safety data sheets referenced the relevant voluntary standards published by the National Fire Protection Association.

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