March 31: Combustible Dust Safety Plan Announced

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Government, the forest industry, organized labour and WorkSafeBC issued a statement after a meeting on combustible dust and sawmill safety, announcing an aggressive coordinated plan. Highlights:

  • A team of technical experts will be set up to help all mills comply with the OHS laws
  • The Manufacturers’ Advisory Group has developed a Dust Mitigation and Control Audit protocol and is offering it to all BC mills
  • Sawmill employers, organized labour and WorkSafeBC will launch an awareness campaign on workers’ right to refuse unsafe work
  • WorkSafeBC will double the size of the designated inspection team and launch further sawmill inspections
  • WorkSafeBC is reviewing its OHS Policy with a focus on high-risk violations and the consequences for non-compliance.