Sawmill and wood processing operations inspection update
Richmond, B.C. — WorkSafeBC has updated the status of orders issued in Phase I of the combustible dust strategy.
A directive order was issued to all sawmill employers on April 26, 2012. WorkSafeBC officers are ensuring that sawmill employers are in compliance as outlined in that order.
Phase I summary
|Directive Order Status||Count (sawmill locations)|
|No further action||1|
To date, an additional 516 orders were issued to sawmill employers as a result of worksite inspections conducted in Phase I of the strategy. Of those orders, 48 are outstanding.
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 orders issued||
|Orders by category|
- OHS 5.81 and WCA 115(1)(a)
|Unsafe compressed air use
- OHS 4.42
|Dust collection system issues
- OHS 5.71(3) and OHS 5.61
- OHS 5.71
All current information on inspections and investigations is available on the Sawmills — Inspections and industry resources page.
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