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September 27, 2019

Best practices, reality checks at Wood Products Safety Summi

In June, nearly 100 attendees gathered to hear best practices for keeping employees safe on the job at the Wood Products Safety Summit. The summit covered many bases, including technical combustible dust presentations.

Progressing combustible dust mitigation and control

More than seven years ago two tragic sawmill explosions took the lives of four men. Since then, the number of B.C. sawmills that underwent inspections and responded to WorkSafeBC recommendations rose from a 47 per cent compliance rate to 100 per cent compliance.

Dust collection systems: a summary of controls required to prevent explosions

If your dust collection system doesn’t include appropriate and adequate hazard controls, a fire, flash-fire or explosion hazard may be present within the system. WorkSafeBC discusses the controls needed to prevent explosions.

Wood dust explosion suppression case studies

Some of the common vessels we see in the wood industry are large dust collectors and cyclones, metering bins, and large dryers. The cyclones and metering bins, however, present challenges when trying to prevent the explosion originating within from rupturing the vessel.

Building safety: Pinnacle implements best practices at Smithers plant

Safety was top of mind throughout the planning, construction and now operation of Pinnacle’s new Smithers, B.C. pellet plant, which features some of the latest dust suppression, spark detection and explosion prevention systems.

Building a combustible dust incident database

DustEx Research has created an online database of combustible dust fires and explosions in North America so operators, technical specialists, and safety professionals can learn more about the industries, materials, and equipment most often involved in dust fires and explosions.

Learning from close calls: NB mill takes action after two fires

Fornebu Lumber in New Brunswick had two fires on Friday, June 1, 2018. Christian Fournier, the mill’s safety and training co-ordinator, shares some lessons learned in order to prevent future fires.

6 questions to ask when choosing a dust collection system contractor

A dust collection system is an integral part of a facility and needs to be maintained and updated properly. Here are six questions to ask before choosing a contractor for your system.
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October 30-31, 2019
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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Scaling Up 2019

November 4-6, 2019
Location: Ottawa
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