How to Avoid the Most Common
Combustible Dust Mistakes

Room: NSC Learning Lab Session, Expo Floor 5343

Session Number: 61

Tuesday, September 10, 2019: 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

OSHA and NFPA combustible dust standards require any potential combustible dust hazard to be assessed and mitigated. However, the complexity and urgency of these hazards often overwhelm facilities. This presentation will shed light on the most common mistakes associated with combustible dust hazards, and will discuss ways that these common mistakes can be avoided. These mistakes include, but are not limited to, underestimating or not fully understanding the hazards posed by combustible dust, assuming all process equipment is designed to eliminate combustible dust hazards, assuming all individuals have the necessary expertise to perform Dust Hazards Analyses (DHAs), and misinterpreting the numerous combustible dust standards.




Jason Reason

Director - Combustible Dust Services SEAM Group



  • Voted 2019 Top 10 Speakers

  • B.S. in Industrial Hygiene from Purdue University

  • MBA from the University of Indianapolis

  • CIH, CSP and CHMM.

  • Served as an Compliance Officer for Indiana OSHA for 12.5 years and performed hundreds of health and safety OSHA compliance inspections, including numerous combustible dust compliance inspections (fatalities, fires and explosions).

  • Served as instructor for OSHA Combustible Dust Course at the OSHA Technical Institute (OTI)


NFPA Technical Committees:

  • Committee for Handling & Conveying of Dusts, Vapors & Gases
  • Committee on Fundamentals of Combustible Dust
  • Committee on Flash Fire Protective Garments
  • Correlating Committee for Combustible Dust
  • Chair of NFPA Technical Committee for Wood and Cellulosic Materials Processing

Electrical Safety: 2018 NFPA 70E
– What You Now Need to Know!

Room: 29A

Session Number: 67

Tuesday, September 10, 2019: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

What’s new in electrical safety? This session is for anyone who manages electrical work or electrical systems within a facility. We’ll discuss the changes to the recent 2018 NFPA 70E update, how they affect your facility, and how to navigate and implement the NFPA 70E standard for safer work practices. The regulations set forth by OSHA and NFPA 70E on how to protect employees from electrical hazards can appear daunting to safety managers. You’ll learn about arc flash assessments, preventive maintenance, IR thermography, lockout/tagout procedures and implementation of the new updates for 70E.




Jay Smith

Director - Electrical Safety Services SEAM Group




As Director of Electrical Safety Services at SEAM Group, Jay is the (SME) for our Electrical Safety Services Division with a focus on assisting our clients and internal safety teams for arc flash assessments and lockout-tagout services.   


For the past 18 years at Lewellyn Technology, Jay worked with thousands of clients to improve workplace safety and performance by implementing industry standards for electrical safety.   Jay is known nationally for his expertise with arc flash and NFPA 70E and is annually invited to speak at numerous national conferences and corporate safety summits.   


Jay is featured in several publications, webinars, and articles on our website and he is always available to speak with you regarding electrical safety at your facility.



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