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Victoria calls for ‘absolutely unwavering approach’ to mill dust cleanup

March 11, 2014

Labour Minister Shirley Bond said Monday more work is needed to keep sawmills clean of potentially explosive wood dust. She did not rule out more enforcement and stiffer penalties, but said her focus is more communication to ensure all sawmill owners understand their responsibilities and finding a way for all mills to adopt an independent dust audit. Her comments followed a meeting Monday morning with senior forest executives such as Canfor CEO Don Kayne and West Fraser CEO Ted Seraphim after the latest round of WorkSafeBC inspections released last week found 42 per cent of sawmills had levels of combustible wood dust higher than allowed under provincial rules.

Minister pushes tougher penalties for sawmills that don’t meet sawdust rules from The Globe and Mail