Atlanta, GA (CompNewsNetwork) - Insurance and Safety
Fire Commissioner John W. Oxendine said today that new regulations issued by his office
will dramatically improve safety for industrial workers in Georgia.
“These regulations will set new standards for safety in industries that produce
flammable dust in their manufacturing processes,” Oxendine said.
Oxendine said the new rules will require all industries in Georgia that produce
combustible dust to draw up emergency plans, practice implementing the plan, and train
employees in evacuation techniques.
At Oxendine’s request, the International Fire Code Committee has approved for their
final action hearings, requirements for factory fire emergency evacuation procedures and
drills for the 2009 edition of the International Fire Code.
All manufacturers in Georgia will be required to have a designated safety officer.
Monthly reporting will ensure that emergency plans are in place and drills are
“The explosion and fire at the Imperial Sugar plant was the most devastating loss of
life in Georgia in sixteen years,” Oxendine said. “I want to make sure this type of
accident never happens again.”