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Canadian Biomass and Canadian Forest Industries are highlighting dust safety best practices, technical information and solutions, during Dust Safety Week 2017 from June 26 to 30!



Our Dust Safety Week coverage serves as a hub for pellet plants and sawmills to learn best practices and find the latest information on keeping their operations and operators safe. 



We have included all relevant content both from our archives as well as brand-new stories from the Wood Pellet Association of Canada safety conference that took place June 13-14 in Prince George, B.C.

We are highlighting:
  • profile stories from operations that focused on dust mitigation
  • technical articles on dust safety
  • equipment spotlights on the dust safety gear
  • columns from pellet and sawmilling writers
  • and more!
Stay tuned to this landing page and our social media (#DustSafetyWeek) for the latest stories and videos during Dust Safety Week 2017!

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Dust Safety Week
June 30, 2017 - Dust Safety Week 2017 is wrapping up today after five days of coverage on new developments and processes to help sawmills and pellet plants manage combustible dust.
Published in Pellets
June 30, 2017 - Wood is the largest biomass energy source today; examples include forest residues (such as dead trees, branches and tree stumps), yard clippings, wood chips and even municipal solid waste. Wood energy is derived by using lignocellulosic biomass (second-generation biofuels) as fuel. Harvested wood may be used directly as a fuel or collected from wood waste streams to be processed into pellet fuel or other forms of fuels.
Published in Pellets
June 29, 2017 - In the last few years we’ve hosted introductory dust collection courses across Western Canada for dust producing facilities. Regardless of size of the facility or dust particulate produced there are a few key things to look for when evaluating whether or not your system is a fire or explosion waiting to happen.
Published in Pellets
June 28, 2017 - There are several regulations (NFPA) and health & safety standards (CSST) that govern dust collection in the woodworking industry.
Published in Safety & Fire
June 26, 2017 - Earlier this spring 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.
Published in Pellets
June 27, 2017 - In 2016, 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 B.C. sawmills.
Published in News
June 26, 2017 – Dust Safety Week 2017 has arrived! Canadian Biomass and Canadian Forest Industries have all the coverage to keep you informed as we highlight best practices, technical information and solutions for keeping your operations safe, every day this week!
Published in Pellets
June 26, 2017 - The lumber industry is highly competitive. As with all successful businesses, cost control in production is paramount. This explains why effective dust collection systems operation not only provides improved performance, but helps reduce costs associated with operation and maintenance.
Published in Safety & Fire
June 26, 2017 - Current wood pellet industry safety performance and priorities, including combustible dust in raw material storage areas and risks and best practices regarding syngas in drum driers, were discussed at length at the annual Wood Pellet Association of Canada's safety conference, which took place June 13-14 in Prince George, B.C.
Published in Pellets
June 26, 2017 - On June 13 -14, the Canadian wood pellet industry gathered in Prince George, B.C., for its annual safety conference. This year, for the first time, we included a full day of training on the topic of Process Safety Management, which was presented by Jamie Merriam of ACM Facility Safety.
Published in Pellets
June 21, 2017 - A safety meeting that fit inside an office last year has now grown to the size of a convention centre.
Published in Pellets
June 9, 2017 - Shaw Resources has been keeping Atlantic Canadians warm throughout harsh winters for more than 20 years. The Shubenacadie, N.S.-based company has been producing wood pellets for residential heating under its Eastern Embers brand since 1995.
Published in Pellets
June 6, 2017 - For the last five years most woodworking facilities have seen an increase in efforts to ensure wood processing facilities which create combustible dust meet the safety standards as defined by the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association). In several instances this is their first exposure to the NFPA and how it affects safety and cost. 
Published in Pellets
March 22, 2017 - As Canada works its way to becoming coal free by 2030, Resolute Forest Products, the largest sawmill company in Eastern Canada, is making headway to achieving its goal of fossil-free operations.
Published in Pellets
March 9, 2017 - The Wood Pellet Association of Canada's Safety Committee (SC) was established in 2014. From the beginning, it has been the SC's practice to adopt an annual work plan and to hold monthly meetings/conference calls to monitor progress against the plan. In 2016, the committee's accomplishments included:
Published in Pellets
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