Changes to the 2013 Edition of NFPA 654

After much anticipation, the new 2013 Edition of NFPA 654, Standard for the Prevention of Fire and Dust Explosions from the Manufacturing, Processing and Handling of Combustible Particulate Solids, has finally been issued. This is one of the key standards utilized for safe handling of combustible solids. Several important updates and additions were incorporated into this edition of the standard, including: Updated definition of a combustible dust, added determination method for a dust flash fire or explosion hazard area, added housekeeping frequency specification and cleaning methods, updated recommendations for separation, segregation, or detachment, updated usage specifics for flexible and rigid intermediate bulk containers, strengthening of included safety management systems (SMSs), and added contractor and subcontractor management system.

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