Canadian Biomass and Canadian Forest Industries are highlighting dust safety best practices, technical information and solutions, during Dust Safety Week 2018 from June 18 to 22!
Now in its second year, our Dust Safety Week coverage is the hub for pellet plants and sawmills to learn best practices and find the latest information on keeping their operations and operators safe.
Below you’ll find all relevant content both from our archives as well as brand-new stories from the Wood Products Safety Summit that took place June 6 in Prince George, B.C.
We are highlighting:
- profile stories from operations that focused on dust mitigation
- technical articles on dust safety
- spotlights on dust safety equipment
- columns on combustible dust best practices
- and more!
Thank you to our generous sponsors, VETS Group and FIKE.
Dust Safety Week
Nov. 27, 2018 - According to a WorkSafeBC report, a worker at West Fraser’s Chasm Sawmill division was doing maintenance work inside a 50 by 80 feet high, 30-foot wide wood shavings bin when he was engulfed by sawdust and needed to be rescued.
Oct. 30, 2018 - I was recently struck when reading the article Learning from close calls: NB mill takes action after two fires, at the willingness of the company involved to not only state that they had a near-miss incident, but to explain in detail their lessons learned from the fires.
June 22, 2018 - Dust Safety Week is coming to a close after five days of coverage on dust safety best practices, technical information and solutions to help pellet plants and sawmills keep their operations and operators safe.
June 22, 2018 - A North American pulp mill was having significant dust and spillage issues with old worn out transfer chutes. The existing chutes were not built with combustible dust containment in mind and did not control material flow.
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June 21, 2018 - A dust collection system is an integral part of a facility and needs to be maintained and updated properly. The knowledge of the team in charge of keeping this vital system in tip top shape is also critical. This is especially because, as per NFPA 664, the owner has a responsibility to ensure that the facility and the combustible dust system are designed, installed and maintained properly.
June 20, 2018 - In 2017 the Wood Pellet Association of Canada Safety Committee (WPACSC) created a new safety working group – the Wood Fibre Storage Working Group (WFSWG) – to facilitate the development of proposed guidelines to assist employers in understanding and assessing the hazards and options for storage and infeed processes along with risk mitigation strategies and assessment.
June 20, 2018 - Canadian Biomass highlights some of the newest technology for collecting and suppressing combustible dust in pellet mills.
June 19, 2018 - Dust collectors containing combustible material are required to have an explosion backflow preventor installed on the main inlet duct to prevent an explosion occurring inside the dust collector from travelling back into the building.
June 18, 2018 - The Wood Products Safety Summit 2018 offered more than 50 delegates a day of diverse presentations on safety – with a clear focus on the value of both increased collaboration and process safety.
June 18, 2018 - In 2017, WorkSafeBC continued its focus on combustible dust and undertook formal inspection initiatives to verify compliance with combustible dust requirements and to ensure the presence of effective combustible dust management programs in all operating British Columbia sawmills. Here is there latest numbers... READ FULL ARTICLE.
June 18, 2018 - Preventing wood dust fires is always a challenge for any company in the forestry industry. You might think you have everything under control or say, ‘We aren't that bad,’ but the truth is, the risk is always there and we must remain vigilant in order to minimize the risk of fires from wood dust.
June 18, 2018 – Dust Safety Week 2018 has arrived! For a full five days Canadian Biomass and Canadian Forest Industries are focused on best practices, technical information and solutions for keeping pellet and sawmill operations safe.
March 22, 2018 - The Wood Pellet Association of Canada and our members are committed to making consistent, measurable progress on safety performance. We believe that all injuries and occupational illnesses are preventable, and are committed to a goal of zero for all of them.
Feb. 12, 2018 - On July 5, 2010 a wood pellet silo in Norway exploded when firefighters released inert carbon dioxide into the headspace to lower the oxygen content and suppress a smouldering fire. The lesson from this incident is that the use of carbon dioxide to suppress silo fires is unsafe.
Dec. 6, 2017 - In a matter of days a frightening situation at Pacific BioEnergy turned into a remarkable one with important lessons learned for pellet producers.
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