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Sawmill and wood processing operations inspection update

Richmond, B.C., May 6, 2013 — WorkSafeBC has provided an update on inspections of sawmills and other wood processing operations that comprise Phases I and II of the combustible dust strategy.

A directive order was issued to all sawmill employers on April 26, 2012. All operational sawmills inspected as part of Phase I of the strategy have complied with the directive order. WorkSafeBC is now reporting on inspections that have occurred since October 1, 2012 as officers revisit Phase I sawmills.

Phase I revisits

Phase I sawmills - Site inspections since October 1, 2012
Type of inspection report # of inspection reports
Combustible dust related
189
Combustible dust related, with orders
30
Unrelated to combustible dust
226
Total IR count
415
Total locations
158

Phase II

Phase II of the strategy began July 5, 2012 and includes similar wood processing operations where dust accumulation could be a safety hazard.

Phase II summary
 
Total locations
224
First inspection
223
Follow up inspections
185
Follow up required
119
Total orders issued
776
Locations outstanding with combustible dust orders
16
Orders by category  
Dust accumulations
- OHS 5.81 and WCA 115(1)(a)
115
Unsafe compressed air use
- OHS 4.42
11
Dust collection system issues
- OHS 5.71(3) and OHS 5.61
66
Ventilation required
- OHS 5.71
1
Other regulations
583

All current information on inspections and investigations is available on the Sawmills — Investigations and industry resources page.


For information, please contact:

Megan Johnston
Communications Officer, Media and Government Relations
WorkSafeBC
604 214-6934
megan.johnston@worksafebc.com