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Sawmills – Combustible Dust Cleanup Safety Considerations

1. The attached information has been assembled by industry in response to the recent explosions at two north interior sawmills.
2. Wood dust under the right concentrations, right properties and location can become explosive with an ignition source.
3. This information is a compilation of procedures and practices aimed at ensuring mills safely cleanup wood dust.

Deepest sympathy for the Lakeland Sawmills workers and their families

The BC Forest Safety Council expresses our deepest sympathy to those injured and killed in the explosion and fire at the Lakeland Sawmills operation.

WorkSafeBC inviting feedback by May 25 on proposed new policy relating to the status of resource roads as workplaces.

WorkSafeBC is inviting feedback on their proposed new policy relating to the status of resource roads as workplaces.

Proposed 2012 Changes to WorkSafeBC Occupational Health and Safety Regulations

WorkSafeBC is seeking comments and feedback on proposed changes to its Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (OHSR). WorkSafeBC will be hosting four (4) public hearings during May – June 2012.

Special Avalanche Bulletin

"The CAC has issued the third special public avalanche warning in four weeks. The warning area includes all the mountains of interior BC—from Mackenzie and Chetwynd south to the US boundary, and west of the Alberta border to Pemberton and Hope. Very large, very destructive avalanches have occurred in the last few days.

Membership with the BC Forest Safety Council

The British Columbia Forest Safety Council (the Council) was created by the forestry industry in September 2004 as a not-for-profit society dedicated to promoting forest safety. Through the efforts of industry, solid progress in reducing serious injuries and fatalities has been made (see attachment on this article). Our challenge is to build on the success of the last seven years.

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