Dust can be dangerous: protect your team

Combustible wood dust in the workplace presents a risk of both fire and explosion if not managed effectively. A dust explosion or serious fire can cause catastrophic loss of life, injuries, and destruction of buildings.

Controlling wood dust hazards requires a systematic long term approach as part of a combustible wood dust management program and both employers and employees have a part to play in preventing combustible dust issues in their workplaces.

For employers and employees that role means recognizing and controlling the hazards associated with wood dust. WorkSafeNB has a role to play in advising workplaces on procedures, practices and compliance activities that can help to prevent on-going issues with wood dust.

One key to preventing dust explosions is stopping combustible wood dust from accumulating to hazardous levels, particularly in hidden areas and on hard-to-clean elevated surfaces.

This video by WorkSafeBC provides a good introduction to the preventing dust explosions:

In consultation with the stakeholder community, WorkSafeNB has developed the following prevention and compliance approach for employers and for health and safety officers conducting inspections in workplaces that produce combustible dust.

Fire technote

Assess and inspect your workplace 

25 Point Inspection Guide

Share with your team 

Safety Talk

Combustible Dust

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