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NFPA 664 Compliance12/7
I posted this in the dust forum as well, but that doesn't seem to get anywhere the action this forum does....
I'm curious how others out there are handling NFPA 664 compliance. I have a 3 head 43" Timesavers widebelt, and a moulder. Right now I"m just using multiple 5 HP inerior units on my machines. I would love to get an outside unit that dumps into a roll-off. However I don't want all the air sucked out of my shop, and can't afford the abort gates and extinguishing system etc to have return air or a large make-up unit.
What do the rest of you do, just not comply? I'm sure I'm not the only person who doesn't have 100k+ for a dust collector.
I was thinking of using a few Nederman S-1000 units and real ducting which would be a huge improvement over the import 5HP units with flex hose.
Correct, don't comply. Obviously, for the sake or your health and your employees health, do your due diligence with the system you have.
I had OSHA in my shop recently and they didn't say a word about my interior 5HP collectors. My landlord complained because his insurance inspector noticed our shop floor was dusty. So we swept it up. End of story.
Think about your insurance policy - it will have a line in there about "complying with all Federal, State and local...." This will kick out any claim you might have, even if totally unrelated to dust or collection.
If you ask your agent, a note goes in your file that you asked about compliance with regulations regarding dust collection.
As I understand it, small shops do not have to comply - small being square footage, employees or what? I do not know. I have always done like you, keep it all inside.
I'm definitely over the 5000 square foot rule for building size as mine's almost 20k square feet. But there's always great debate about the OSHA 10 employee rule.