New ministerial order on wood dust
Wood dust has been a concern in BC following two devastating incidents involving mill fires dating back to 2012. Earlier this year, the BC government put the requirements from safety orders issued in 2012/2013 into regulation. Technical Safety BC reports a 87% pass rate on wood processing facility assessments completed in 2017.
Highlights of the additions to the Electrical Safety Regulation include:
- updated and expanded definitions for dust, combustible dust hazard location and wood processing facility
- a definition and breakdown of who are considered qualified professionals
- requirements of a combustible dust hazard location management plan
- duties of facility owners
Read more about ministerial order 2017 M 078.
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