By Andrew Snook
May 31, 2016 - On June 15, there will be a one-day wood pellet safety workshop taking place at the International Bioenergy Conference and Expo (IBCE 2016).
The workshop will offer attendees a variety of speaker sessions aimed at improving the safety of pellet plant operations:
8 to 9:30 a.m.
WorkSafeBC and WPAC/BCFSC closed meeting
Attendees: WorkSafeBC representatives and WPAC safety committee members
Purpose: regular semi-annual progress discussion
9:30 to 10 a.m.
Coffee and networking
Morning Moderator: Gordon Murray, executive director, Wood Pellet Association of Canada (WPAC)
10 to 10:10 a.m.
Welcoming address – Gordon Murray, executive director, WPAC
10 to 10:25 a.m.
Pellet industry safety progress – Scott Bax, senior vice-president, Pinnacle Renewable Energy & Chair, WPAC Safety Committee
10:25 to 10:30 a.m.
Budd Phillips, regional prevention manager – WorkSafeBC’s regulatory approach to the wood pellet industry
10:30 to 10:45 a.m.
Mike Tasker, occupational safety officer, WorkSafeBC – A discussion of pellet industry safety peformance and key issues in Northern B.C.
10:45 to 11:00 a.m.
Geoff Thompson, occupational safety officer, WorkSafeBC – A discussion of pellet industry safety peformance and key issues in Southern B.C.
11:00 to 11:15 a.m.
11:15 to 12:15 p.m.
Speaker TBA – Process Safety and the Wood Pellet Industry
12:15 to 1:30 p.m.
Lunch & keynote speaker: Bill Yearwood, National Transportation Safety Board
Afternoon Moderator: Robert Moonen, CEO, BC Forest Safety Council
1:30 to 1:50 p.m.
Budd Phillips, WorkSafeBC – Workplace responsibilities regarding confined space management
1:50 to 2:30 p.m.
Peter Leitch, industrial hygenist – Confined space management – part 1 (interactive)
2:30 to 2:45 p.m.
2:45 to 3:45 p.m.
Peter Leitch, industrial hygenist – Confined space management – part 2 (interactive)
3:45 to 4 p.m.
Closing discussion – Scott Bax
For more information on the workshop or IBCE 2016, visit http://www.bioenergyconference.org/.
IBCE 2016 will take place from June 15 to 17, 2016 in Prince George, B.C.