By Maria Church
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.
Our main stories this week stemmed from the Wood Pellet Association of Canada’s safety conference that took place in Prince George June 13 and 14. WorkSafeBC occupational safety officer Mike Tasker told attendees the wood pellet industry has made rapid progress in safety, moving from one of the worst offenders to one of the best.
An article from WPAC executive director Gord Murray urged pellet operators to keep their foot on the gas to improve safety even more. He focused on the importance of process safety management.
BC Forest Safety Council CEO Rob Moonen contributed an article this week about a new wood fibre storage initiative, and gave an update last year’s combustible wood dust inspection initiative from WorkSafeBC. Injury rates have dropped and compliance rates are at 98 per cent.
Regular CFI contributor and dust mitigation expert John Bachynski writes frequently about fire safety in wood processing facilities. His latest article tackled what mills should know about NFPA compliance.
Find those stories and much more from our archives on the Dust Safety Week 2017 landing page, which will continue to be a hub for the industry to learn best practices and find the latest information on dust safety and mitigation.
Content on our landing page will be hosted there for the next year for readers to reference.