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Welcome to Dust Safety Week 2021!

Dust Safety Week 2021 has arrived! All week long, Canadian Biomass and Canadian Forest Industries will be sharing articles focused on dust safety best practices, technical information and solutions for keeping pellet and sawmill operations and their operators safe.

Equipment spotlight: dust collection and suppression equipment 2021

Canadian Biomass and Canadian Forest Industries have compiled a list of the latest dust collection and suppression equipment available for wood processing plants.

Top 5 FAQs of a DHA

A Dust Hazard Analysis (DHA) is a comprehensive assessment of an industrial facility and its processes to identify areas where explosion and fire hazards may exist. This article answers some of the most common questions about conducting and using a DHA.
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Featured News 

Catching lightning in a bottle

High-severity but latent hazards can fall off the radar. Fortunately, there are ways to catch lightning in a bottle and maintain control over these types of risks. Gorman Group’s David Murray discusses some of these complacency-busting tips. » Learn more...

Combustible dust explosion protection – why good enough is not good enough

When it comes to combustible dust explosion protection, if corners are cut or something is overlooked, it can not only result in a hazardous situation, but also create a false sense of security under the perception of complete, reliable protection. Simply put, when it comes to explosion protection, “good enough” should never be good enough. » Learn more...

Safety foundations: new webinar to discuss best practices for managing combustible dust

WPAC’s Safety Committee, in co-operation with WorkSafeBC, UBC’s Bioenergy Research Group, and Canadian Biomass, is hosting the Safety Foundation webinar series. The sixth of this free six-part Safety Foundation Webinar Series is focused on combustible dust and combustible gas. » Read more...

What to look for when selecting dust control equipment

Dust suppression has become an increasingly important challenge in biomass operations, with raised awareness and tighter regulatory standards both contributing motivations for handlers to find efficient, cost-effective methods of particle control. So what should you look for when selecting equipment? » Read more...

Risk assessment: The first step to controlling combustible dust hazards

Do you know what kind of dust is in your workplace? Finding accurate answers to this question – and many more – is more complex than it may seem, but is critical for keeping your workers safe. Conducting a risk assessment to identify the potential hazards of combustible wood dust in your workplace is the first step. » Read more...

OptiSaw 2021 Virtual Summit

Sept. 16, 2021
Location: www.woodbusiness.ca
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BC Saw Filers Association Convention

May 26-28, 2022
Location: Kamloops, B.C.
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Elmia Wood 2022

June 2-4, 2022
Location: Jönköping, Sweden
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DEMO International 2022

Sept. 22-24, 2022
Location: Ottawa/Gatineau
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