WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S. — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on April 28 announced it would conduct a May 13 public forum comprised of what it called "outside experts" to explore "possible regulatory options for addressing combustible dust hazards.”

OSHA said as-yet-unnamed "experts" from various industries, academia, research groups, insurance-underwriter organizations, labor and government will be invited to participate. Topics are to include "identifying regulatory options that can minimize the costs (of combustible dust regulation) to small- and medium-sized businesses."

The forum is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. at the U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave., N.W. in Washington, D.C., U.S. OSHA stated that there will be "limited space available for non-participating observers," and asked that non-invited participants be limited to one per organization.