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

Incident Investigation Report into Lakeland Mills, Ltd. explosion and statement

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.

Combustible Wood Dust: Enhancement to the Manufacturing High Risk Strategy and 2016 Sawmill Inspection Initiative Implementation Plan (May 11, 2016)

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)

Wood Pellet Manufacturing Inspection Initiative (Q2-3 2015) Implementation Plan (April 20, 2015)

Sawmill and wood processing operations inspection updates:

2014 2013 2012
August 7 October 10 December 21
July 26
March 4
September 10 December 18
July 19

August 23 December 7
July 13

June 7 November 29
July 5

May 6 November 21
July 5

April 8 November 15
June 28

March 8 October 4
June 13

February 21 September 27
June 7

February 7 September 20
May 29

January 24 September 14
May 24

January 9 September 6
May 22

August 31
May 11

August 23
April 25

August 16

August 9

August 1

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