WorkSafeBC expects to release a public report on sawmill safety in the coming weeks, spokesperson Scott McCloy said.
Following the deadly explosions at Babine Forest Products mill in Burns Lake and Lakeland Mills in 2012, WorkSafeBC launched a series of inspections into the province's sawmills.
"We began a new phase of inspections... that started on Nov. 1 and concluded at the end of January," McCloy said. "We will be able to have some information on that in a week or two."
A previous update from the inspection process in August 2012 concluded "that both beetle-kill and green wood dust pose a high risk of explosion when the moisture content of the dust is below five percent and particle size is less than 75 m (micrometers). Dust with this moisture content and particle size is found on elevated surfaces [in sawmills] such as rafters, beams, inside dust collectors, and on the surface of air separation systems as well as in hot dry environments such as process equipment and light covers."
In that update, WorkSafeBC urged employers to ensure dust isn't allowed to accumulate to levels where it could pose an explosion risk.
"Generally we're seeing good progress on the part of sawmills," McCloy said.
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