Combating ComDust Subject of Free WMS 2013 Seminar

By Rich Christianson | Posted: 09/08/2013 5:10PM


TORONTO - The fatal explosions and fires at a pair of Vancouver sawmills last year has brought national attention to the hazards of combustible dust.

BC Safe Report on Babine Forest Prodcuts Fire and ExplosionAn explosion and fire on Jan. 20, 2012 killed two workers and injured 20 more at the Babine Forest Products sawmill in Burns Lake, BC. The tragedies also have drawn more attention from government agencies on policing wood dust accumulations in manufacturing plants.

Combustible dust is drawing a lot of attention and government scrutiny in the U.S. as well, where the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been working on developing an industrial combustible dust rule.

Jamison Scott, chairman of the Wood Machinery Manufacturer of America's (WMMA) Combustible Dust Task Force, will present, "Combustible Dust ... An Explosive Issue." The free, 45-minute session will define what combustible dust is and provide tips for preventing an explosion and mitigating a government safety inspection.

Scott, who also is vice president of Air Handling Systems, has authored several articles and blogs for Woodworking Network. His most recent article is ComDust Prevention: Woodshops Take Note.

The session is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, Oct 25 in the Aviation Ballroom, adjacent to Hall 5 of the International Centre. No registration is necessary to attend the program.

The ComDust session is one of many free educational programs planned during WMS 2013. View the full WMS 2013 Conference schedule.

The WMMA and several of its members, including Black Bros., Mereen-Johnson, Miltec and Safety Speed Manufacturing, are assembling as an American Technology Pavilion at WMS 2013.

Learn more and register to attend WMS 2013.


About the Author

Rich Christianson

Rich Christianson is Associate Publisher and Editor at Large of Woodworking Network. During his 25+ years covering the wood products industry, Rich has toured hundreds of manufacturing plants throughout North America, Europe and Asia. His reporting has covered everything from the state of the industry and impact of wood imports to technology and environmental issues. In his current capacity he is responsible for editing the daily Woodworking Network Update newsletter and coordinating events including the annual Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo and Canada’s biennial Woodworking Machinery & Supply Expo. He can be contacted at or follow him on Google+.

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