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Preventing fires and explosions in pellet mills
Reducing the risk of fires in pellet mills
B.C.’s wood pellet industry has made significant progress in lowering the risk of fires associated with the manufacturing process by introducing bed dryers in place of rotary drum dryers.

Although bed drying technology is an efficient and safe alternative to drum dryers, there are still precautions that need to be taken to prevent combustible dust fires. Prevention measures include ensuring that ignition detection and extinguishment systems are regularly inspected and maintained. You may also want to consider the following:

• Ongoing cleaning of the dryer
• Temperature sensors
• Spark detection
• Infra-red temperature imaging
• Heat resistant belting

As an employer, you are responsible for identifying and assessing the hazards in your workplace and implementing risk controls. Understanding the risks and taking steps to reduce those risks are the first steps in reducing workplace injuries.

Join the Wood Pellet Association of Canada, in co-operation with BC Forest Safety Council, WorkSafeBC and media partner Canadian Biomass magazine, for the Belt Dryer Safety Symposium on November 25, 2020.
Find resources and more information on reducing the risk of fires and explosions in your workplace at worksafebc.com/combustible-dust and bcforestsafety.
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