What New Dust Requirements Mean for the Wood Industry

Rules and regulations are nothing new for wood manufacturers. Special standards have guided the wood industry because of the often harsh and dusty environments wood products are produced in. Standard 664, “Woodprocessing and Woodworking Facilities,” from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), is a longstanding example.

Soon, the NFPA is releasing standard 652, “Standard on the Fundamentals of Combustible Dust,” and with it a host of new requirements for the wood industry. By September 7, 2020, Woodworkers will have to perform a DHA, or “Dust Hazard Analysis,” to determine what risk their environment poses to a potential fire from combustible dust. While wood manufacturers aren’t expected to eliminate dust entirely, the goal is to remove hazardous components that could lead to an explosion. For more details about how to perform this analysis, you can go to nfpa.org


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