Investigations & inspections
Here you'll find information on investigations and inspections related to combustible dust in the workplace.
|Date||Description and PDF|
|April 14, 2014|
|January 16, 2014||
Incident Investigation Report into Babine Forest Products explosion and overview
This Incident Investigation Report has been amended to correct a date reference on page 72, which originally read December 6, 2011 and has been amended to January 7, 2012.
|August 16, 2012||Sawmill investigations update|
|May 14, 2012||Sawmill investigations update|
|May 2, 2012||Babine Forest Products investigation update|
2017 inspection initiative
In 2017, WorkSafeBC is continuing its focus on combustible dust and will undertake formal inspection initiatives to verify compliance with combustible dust requirements and to ensure the presence of effective combustible dust management programs in B.C. sawmills. Specifically, an overlapping and integrated approach involving inspections conducted under two separate programs is planned:
- Manufacturing High Risk Strategy: Inspections of various locations across a variety of locations across a variety of manufacturing sectors, including sawmills, focused on three main risks — combustible dust, guarding, and lockout.
- 2017 Combustible Dust Sawmill Inspection Initiative: Designated officers conducting combustible dust–specific inspections at all operating sawmills.
2016 inspection initiative implementation plans
WorkSafeBC's manufacturing high-risk strategy for 2016 has been enhanced with respect to sawmill inspections. Beginning in June 2016, WorkSafeBC will implement another inspection initiative focused on combustible wood dust management in sawmills. The updated and enhanced implementation plan contains additional details concerning this inspection initiative.
2015 inspection initiative implementation plans
These implementation plans describe the next inspection initiative in both sawmills and pellet mill operations. The plans continue WorkSafeBC's ongoing combustible wood dust engagement strategy with industry. The primary goals are to verify that effective and sustainable wood dust programs are being maintained and to confirm that combustible dust management has become entrenched in day-to-day operations.
Sawmill Inspection Initiative (Q2-3 2015) Implementation Plan (April 30, 2015)
Sawmill and wood processing operations inspection updates:
Orders and directive orders:
|Date||Description / PDF|
|April 30, 2012||Follow-up on Combustible Dust Directive Orders to Sawmills|
|April 26, 2012||Directive order delivered by email or by WorkSafeBC officers to all sawmill employers in B.C.|
|On or up to April 26, 2012||Orders Issued Under Combustible Dust Strategy|