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Fibre pile management best practices

Fibre piles contain materials that consolidate and pack together. The densities within the material leads to microbial growth and biological activity and can cause fibre piles to self-heat over time, triggering combustion within the pile(s). The BC Forest Safety Council shares some fibre pile management best practices.

Protecting the biomass process from fires and explosions

Jeffrey Nichols, managing partner at Industrial Fire Prevention, LLC, shares his experience helping wood processing plants improve their safety and prevent fires and explosions.

Combustible dust incidents from around the world in 2020

For the fifth year in a row, Dust Safety Science has compiled and analyzed combustible dust incidents from around the world. As of Dec. 31, 2020, almost 1,000 incidents were recorded, along with a detailed analysis of the materials, industries and equipment involved.
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NFPA 664: preventing fires and explosions among conveyance equipment

It’s no secret that risk accompanies wood processing. Wood burns. Dry wood burns easily. Wood dust can explode. Biomass Engineering & Equipment's Joel Dulin shares what you need to know about NFPA 652 and 664 to prevent fires and combustible dust explosions. » Learn more...

The importance of blast zones

When handling explosive dusts such as wood or grain, mitigating the possibility of an explosion event is only one part of keeping a facility and its occupants safe. It’s equally important to plan for what will happen when an explosive incident takes place, not if it does. » Learn more...

Season of tragedy – the grain elevator explosions of 1919

Between May and September 1919, four grain elevators in four different North American cities exploded in similar incidents, killing 70 people and injuring 60 more. Although these incidents occurred over 100 years ago, the answers are still relevant today, especially with the parallels between the Spanish Flu and COVID-19. » Read more...

The who, what, when and why of Dust Hazard Analysis

A dust hazard analysis (DHA) is a systematic review and assessment of a process and/or facility led by someone with knowledge and experience in understanding and identifying combustible dust hazards. Rembe’s Jeramy Slaunwhite explains what you need to know about DHAs. » Read more...

Are explosion isolation flap valves safe?

Data from Fike Corporation’s Remote Testing Facility proves explosion isolation flap valves are not always tested under real-world conditions, and as a result, many flap valves on the market won’t function as certified. » 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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