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Wood Pellet Safety Workshop at IBCE 2016!


May 31, 2016
By Andrew Snook


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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.
Coffee break

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.
Coffee break

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.


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