The Occupation Safety and Health Administration is feeling the heat as Congress conducts an investigation into the explosion that killed 13 workers at the Imperial Sugar refinery in Port Wentworth, GA on February 7, 2008. Its not known at this time what caused the explosion. OSHA has created a webpage making it easier the find information on measures to prevent combustible dust hazards and states that it currently has 17 regulations addressing the subject.
NEMA member companies have, for a long time, built equipment designed to avoid the ignition of combustible material in dust-laden atmospheres. These include enclosures, boxes, fittings, plugs, receptacles, connectors and light fittings designated for use in hazardous locations.
We know the tragedy that devastated the community in Port Wentworth what we dont know is the number of lives saved over the years by use of hazardous location rated devices manufactured by NEMA members.