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Wood and wood products: loss history from the 2019 Combustible Dust Incident Report

Since DustEx Research Ltd. launched the combustible dust incident database in 2016, they have recorded 632 fires, 243 explosions, 417 injuries and 45 fatalities from dozens of countries around the world.

The importance of particle size when conducting a dust hazard analysis

In every combustible dust category, particle size plays a role in how the material reacts under different conditions. In this article, Fauske & Associates’ Mark Yukich and Ashok Ghose Dastidar discuss how different wood samples behave in combustible dust testing trials.

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 shares the who, what, when and why of DHAs.
Featured News 

Are explosion isolation flap valves safe?

Recent test data gathered from Fike Corporation’s Remote Testing Facility has empirically proven that potential performance problems exist with many ATEX-certified explosion isolation flap valves, which are currently available for purchase and even installed in many Canadian facilities. » Read more...
Equipment spotlight

Equipment spotlight: dust collection and suppression equipment 2020

Canadian Forest Industries magazine shares the latest dust collection and suppression equipment on the market in 2020. » Read more...

6 questions to ask when choosing a dust collection system contractor

There are different levels of knowledge when looking for a contractor to design, service or maintain a dust collection system. Here are six questions to ask before you sign on the dotted line. » Read more...

Wood dust explosion suppression case studies

In a 2019 case study, Gilles Plourde, the inside sales supervisor of explosion protection applications for Fike Corporation, outlines different methods of explosion protection and their effectiveness. » Read more...

Progressing combustible dust mitigation and control

Since two tragic sawmill explosions took the lives of four men over seven years ago, 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. » Read more...