Jupiter, FL (PRWEB) August 2, 2008
Recently OSHA (The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration) levied the third-largest penalty for safety violations ever assessed by the Agency. The fines were levied against a sugar company for more than 200 individual safety violations spanning two refineries and totaling over $8.77 million dollars.
Many companies are scrambling to discover ways and means to avoid a similar experience. There is a greater awareness that there are significant and very real risks involving dust explosions, which include the initial blast, secondary fires, loss of life, and significant loss of process revenue. CV Technology, an international leader in dust explosion prevention and mitigation, is currently expanding their consulting department to absorb an increase in demand due to the recent public awareness of explosion risk.
"The threat of an explosion at facilities handling combustible dusts is very real. Every factory that processes combustible dry bulk materials should have a professional risk analysis and evaluation to understand their susceptibility to combustible dust explosions," says Dave Cvetas, CEO and founder of CV Technology, "The sooner the better, before it's too late. Analysis after the fact protects no one."
Large scale explosions in recent history have caused congress to stand up and take notice. In May 2008, the House of Representatives passed a bill requiring OSHA to issue a more standardized set of rules and regulations. That bill is now in the Senate. In addition OSHA now has begun a series of impromptu investigations at random facilities across the nation under their new National Emphasis Program on the dust hazard.
The costs associated with protection are quite moderate when compared against the potential damage from a dust explosion. Not to mention the level of fines OSHA could impose if the workplace is found to be unsafe.
"The best first step is to have a qualified risk analysis performed. From that start, options for protection can be developed that once properly implemented, reduce the likelihood for a dust explosion to manageable levels. That is our business and we are proud to say that no company can equal our track record of no losses," concludes Cvetas.
CV Technology provides professional dust explosion consulting services as well as manufacturing and installation of preventative and protective devices. From early warning systems and flameless vents to explosion suppression, the company covers the entire spectrum of explosion protection. More information on combustible dust can be found on their website: http://www.cvtechnology.com .