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  • ISHM Educates Workers about Combustible Dust Hazards

    Several months ago, a sawmill explosion took place in Prince George, British Columbia. The explosion was felt by many area residents, one of whom reported it felt like an earthquake. The explosion resulted in a fatality and multiple injuries to the sawmill’s employees. The suspected culprit in the explosion was combustible sawdust. Wood dust is a known combustible dust hazard. The ...

  • Fatal Wood Dust Explosion the Focus of BC Safety Authority Report

    It was just over one year ago when a wood dust explosion took the lives of two mill workers and injured twenty others in Burns Lake, British Columbia. The explosion and fire also destroyed the sawmill facility. In response, the B.C. Safety Authority (BCSA) released a recommendations report about the incident last month. The report makes nine recommendations to improve the identification and ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Dual Sawmill Explosions Raise Safety Concerns over Combustible Dusts

    2012 has been a challenging year for the wood processing industry across North America. There have already been two sawmill explosions and fires in Canada that have resulted in dozens of injuries and killed four workers. The suspected culprit in both cases was combustible dust. According to the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), “In addition to the health ...


    By IAQ Services Inc.

  • Exposure to Wood Dust Hazards Revealed in New Online Video

    Today, the IAQ Video Network and Cochrane & Associates announced the release of another online video to help educate the public about issues that may impact their health. The latest educational video discusses health hazards associated with wood dusts. In 2009, wood dust was added to California's Proposition 65 list as a substance known to the State of California to cause cancer. Many ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • ISHM Educates Employers and Workers about Wood Dust Exposure Hazards

    Many workers across the nation are exposed to wood dusts at sawmills, wood processing facilities and during construction and renovation activities. In 2009, California's Proposition 65 list added wood dust as a substance known to the State of California to cause cancer. Wood dust becomes a potential health problem when wood particles become airborne. Wood dust can be created when wood is ...

  • IAQ and EH&S Professionals Protect Workers from Wood Dust Hazards

    California's Proposition 65 list added wood dust as a substance known to the State of California to cause cancer in 2009. Workers across the nation employed at sawmills, wood processing facilities and during construction and renovation activities are exposed to wood dusts on a daily basis. Whenever wood is cut, drilled, sanded, machined or processed wood dusts can be created. There are ...

  • California’s Prop 65 and Public Health Concerns over Wood Dust

    In 1986, California voters approved an initiative to address increasing concerns over exposure to toxic chemicals. That initiative, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, is better known by its original name of Proposition 65. Proposition 65 requires businesses to notify Californians about significant amounts of chemicals in the products they purchase, in their homes or ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Sawdust Ignites Causing a Large Fire at a Manufacturing Plant

    Recently, a three-story warehouse in Enfield, Connecticut burst into flames. Fire investigators have determined that sawdust was likely ignited by a piece of hot metal which made its way to the dust house at the manufacturing plant. Wood dust is a common product and byproduct of many manufacturing processes across the nation. Wood dust is easily ignited when it becomes airborne and is ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

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