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Combustible Dust Training & Certification

Hard Hat Training courses meet all training requirements set by OSHA and Canada.


We Offer Three Types of Combustible Dust Safety Trainings

Our regulation-aligned Combustible Dust certification courses are updated to reflect the most recent changes made to safety standards. Whether you want a certification in as little as two hours, or a more robust training, we can help! We offer online trainings that can be completed in a day, DIY training kits that provide training materials, Train the Trainer certifications that certify individuals to train others and provide training materials, or onsite training. No matter what you choose, we can get you what you want, at a price you can afford.

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Online Training

Online training is for those who prefer self-paced training from any location and/or for employers who need to assign and monitor employee training progress and exam scores.

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Training Kits

The training kit is for those who want the freedom of doing the training themselves. It is an PowerPoint Presentation (PPT) that you can present yourself to a group of trainees.

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Train the Trainer

Train the Trainer courses are online and meant to certify a individual to use the training kit to train others. Training kit and materials are included with the Train the Trainer online course for no additional cost.

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What’s in the Combustible Dust Training Course?

Our Combustible Dust training course is OSHA Aligned, and our online version fulfills OSHA’s classroom training requirement.

This presentation includes intermittent practice quiz questions to prepare for the final written exam included with the course. In addition to the written exam, this course also includes a checklist for employers to use when administering a practical exam as required by OSHA.

Estimated Training Length: Because everyone learns and progresses at different speeds, the amount of time you spend taking this training will vary. However, the estimated time for this training is 1.5 – 2 hours.

Training Scope:
  • General Information
    • Combustible Dust Explosions
    • Primary Explosions
    • Secondary Explosions
  • Dust Hazard Analysis
    • Is my Dust Combustible?
    • DHA
    • Testing
    • Ignition Sensitivity Test
    • Explosion Sensitivity
    • Samples
    • Dust & Hybrid Mixtures
    • Site Inspection
  • Removal/Control
    • Elimination
    • Substitution
    • Engineering Controls
    • Administrative Controls
    • PPE
  • Job Hazard Analysis
    • Emergency Action Plan
    • Pre-Incident Survey
    • Wearing PPE
    • Flame-Resistant Clothing
    • Respirators
    • Safety Goggles
  • Common Hazards
    • Maintenance
    • Malfunctioning Controls
    • Dust Buildups
    • Unidentified Ignition Sources
    • Lack of Training
Course Goals:
  • Understand the importance of combustible dust and how it affects you
  • Understand the dangers combustible dust presents and how to protect yourself and other employees
  • Understand and recognize safe work practices and real-life situations in which combustible dust may prove to be hazardous
Intended Audience:
  • Employees
  • Supervisors

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For most courses, we offer OSHA trainings in English and Spanish, CAL/OSHA trainings in English, and Canada trainings in English. See all of our options!

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Combustible Dust Certification Standards

U.S. Standards

  • 1910.22 Housekeeping
  • 1910.307 Hazardous Locations
  • 1910.1200 Hazard Communication
  • 1910.269 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution (coal handling)
  • 1910.272 Grain Handling Facilities
  • 1910.38 – Emergency Action Plans
  • 1910.94 – Ventilation
  • General Duty Clause, Section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act
  • CAL/OSHA Requirements

  • 1513 House Keeping
  • 3220. Emergency Action Plan
  • 5174. Combustible Dusts—General
  • 5175 Combustible Metals
  • 5178. Grain Handling Facilities
  • 5194 Hazard Communication
  • 8437. Ventilation and Air Quality
  • 8438. Dust Control
  • Canada Standards

  • Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations Part 17.11: Fire Hazards
  • Part 5,8,22
  • Occupational Health and Safety Code 2009
  • Part 10
  • Section 165
  • Section 169
  • OHS Guidelines Part 4: General Conditions
  • Workplace Safety and Health Regulation Part 19: Fire and Explosive Hazards
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act
  • Section 25.2,216,263,267,268,275.1,275.2

    Train the Trainer Certification

    The Train the Trainer option is used to certify a trainer to teach others using the included training kit. It incorporates the online course with an additional train the trainer module, as well as the training kit. This option results in an regulation-aligned lifetime trainer certification from Hard Hat Training. This certification is not company-specific, meaning you can take it with you should you change employers.

    Why Do I Need Combustible Dust Safety Training?

    While OSHA doesn’t have specific standards for Combustible Dust, under the General Duty Clause, Section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) of 1970, employers are required to provide a workplace that “is free from recognizable hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious harm to employees.”

    This means employers have a legal and ethical obligation to promote a work environment that is free from all hazards. You and your coworkers have the right to work in an atmosphere that promotes the safety, equality, and well-being of all.

    Stay Informed On All Things Combustible Dust

    Did You Know?

    Combustible dust can exist in nearly any type of industrial processing facility, from food processing and woodworking to metalworking and chemical plants.

    A combustible dust is any material that has the ability disperse in air and catch fire and explode when exposed to an ignition source (OSHA).

    The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) identified 281 combustible dust incidents between 1980 and 2005 that led to the deaths of 119 workers.


    Frequently Asked Questions

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    Can I use compressed air to blow combustible dust?

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    Only if every potential source of ignition has been removed from the area.

    What kind of industries produce combustible dust?

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    Industries such as metalwork, food processing, woodwork, cosmetics, foundry, chemical processing, and grain handling are among the most common industries that produces combustible dust.

    What kind of operations produce combustible dust?

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    Any operations that alter, remove, or transport a material may produce dust. Cutting, sawing, planing, drilling, welding, grinding, crushing, and blasting are common processes by which materials are reduced to dust.

    What is Dust Hazard Analysis?

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    Dust Hazard Analysis is the process by which dust samples are taken and tested, hazards are analyzed, and plans are made to remediate any foreseeable issues, as advised by the NFPA.

    What are the two most important elements when it comes to combustible dust?

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    First, there is the removal of factors that can potentially cause an accident. The second is to control how severe an incident is allowed to progress.


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    For most courses, we offer OSHA trainings in English and Spanish, CAL/OSHA trainings in English, and Canada trainings in English. See all of our options!

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