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New videos on Critical Control Management support important safety process initiative

May 21, 2021
By Gordon Murray, WPAC

Earlier this year, the Wood Pellet Association of Canada (WPAC) announced it had partnered with the BC Forest Safety Council (BCFSC) to pursue a process known as Critical Control Management (CCM). BCFSC has developed three videos to support managers and workers understand CCM and the workshops currently underway on this important safety process initiative:

  1. What Are Critical Controls (for managers and employees)
  2. How To Manage Critical Controls (for workshop participants)
  3. Bow Tie Analysis & Critical Controls (for workshop Participants)

With CCM, companies will understand their equipment better; workers will be able to operate and maintain that equipment safely; the equipment will be more reliable; and plant managers will know what activities are most important. You can view the short videos here.

The CCM committee, comprised of representatives from WPAC, BCFSC and Dalhousie University, have developed an implementation schedule with the goal of completing bow ties and critical controls to WorkSafeBC by late 2021 for each of WPAC’s member plants. BCFSC is providing on-site and online support to all 15 operations in 2021. See the schedule here.

WorkSafeBC is funding a Dalhousie University Department of Process Engineering and Applied Science research project that will build on this work and transfer this knowledge to employees and employers throughout the wood pellet industry across Canada and internationally.


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