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Building a sustainable and effective combustible dust program

Bill Laturnus, senior safety advisor, manufacturing, with the BC Forest Safety Council explains how B.C.'s sawmilling industry has worked to create a sustainable and effective combustible wood dust program.

Combustible dust key focus of new online training platform

This new program includes a combustible dust and gas training module, which covers combustible dust and gas, ignition sources, explosion protection, risk management programs, emergency preparedness, and more.

Fibre pile management best practices

From the archives: If not managed correctly, the accumulation of wood fibre in piles can pose a significant fire risk. These piles contain materials that consolidate and pack together.

3 ways wood product manufacturers can reduce insurance premiums

From the Dust Safety Week archives, Will Downing, a risk advisor specializing in wood product manufacturing, discusses the biggest concerns for insurance carriers and what you can do to reduce your premiums.

Catching lightning in a bottle

From the archives: Before learning how to address complacency towards combustible dust risk, it is important to understand how safety risks get managed, writes David Murray, corporate safety, HR and environment manager with Gorman Group.


5 things you can do to comply with changing combustible dust requirements

Michael Summers with Nilfisk shares five steps that manufacturers can implement immediately to keep up with changing combustible dust regulations for the protection of their employees, facilities and productivity. » Read More...

Implementing process safety principles to reduce combustible dust risks

WorkSafeBC will be working with mills in the wood manufacturing industry, and focusing on processes where dust is generated, stored, or moved through conveyance systems. » Read More...

Fire prevention strategies in biomass pellet production and use

From the Dust Safety Week archives, Tom Burniston with Fagus GreCon, Inc. shares an overview of field-proven automated fire prevention solutions to help protect people, premises and enable uninterrupted process and production in the wood pellet industry. » Read More...

‘Winning the battle’: webinar addresses top dust system maintenance failures

From the archives: Several things can potentially go wrong within a fibre processing facility’s dust system, but proper maintenance and continuous monitoring can mitigate such failures. » Read More...

The importance of blast zones

From the archives: Blast zones are often overlooked when it comes to designing or modifying a dust collection system – they are often seen as suggestions rather than an imperative part of a safety plan. » Read More...

Making pellet operations safer by isolating the problem

From the Dust Safety Week archives, WPAC's Gordon Murray explains how wood dust deflagration isolation prevents it from spreading throughout the entire process plant. » Read More...


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