Health & Safety
December 18, 2018 – Human error and a manufacturing defect led to a fatal incident at Domtar's Kamloops pulp mill last summer, says a new report by WorkSafeBC, British Columbia's workers' compensation board.
December 13, 2018 – Although combustible dust explosions have been documented in the pulp and paper industry, the frequency of incidents seems to be relatively low in comparison to other industries. However, this trend does not indicate that there is less of a need for protection against combustible dust hazards, but rather indicates the importance of knowing when to protect equipment against explosion hazards.
November 27, 2018 – SIM/Cognibox, a Quebec-based training services company, has released 19 new e-learning training modules in English, for a range of industries including pulp and paper, as part of its ongoing health and safety programming.
October 26, 2018 – WorkSafeBC, British Columbia's workplace safety board, has launched a new process safety initiative geared toward a number of process industries including the pulp and paper sector.
October 22, 2018 – It is official: recreational marijuana is legal in Canada with effect from October 17. With that comes a patchwork of jurisdictional laws establishing where and how marijuana products will be sold and used by consumers.
October 9, 2018 – Cannabis is set to be legalized for recreational use as of October 17, 2018. For many employers still struggling with how to accommodate employees who have been prescribed cannabis for medicinal purposes, this will create new challenges and questions. How do you define impairment and fitness for work? What types of tasks are safety sensitive?
September 26, 2018 - Conifex, the forestry company headquartered in British Columbia, has been fined over $191,000 for a worker injury and safety violation at its Fort St. James sawmill site.
Apr. 20, 2018 - British Columbia’s Skookumchuck Pulp mill has been fined $241,081 for failing to control combustible dust.
Apr. 10, 2018 - The BC Forest Safety Council (BCFSC) and FPInnovations have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to work collaboratively on enhancing safety performance in the forest industry by sharing scientific and technical applications.
Feb. 27, 2018 - How many times you have heard the phrase “safety first” or “everything starts with safety”? I’m pretty sure that we have all heard some variation of these phrases at one point or another. As a safety professional at a sawmill, it can be challenging at times to know which approach is the best for motivating employees and staff to be more safety conscious in the workplace and at home.
Feb. 27, 2018 - According to Statista, there were 453 million connected wearable devices worldwide in 2018, a figure that is predicted to increase to 593 million this year. While the market is currently dominated by smartwatches, you may be surprised at the benefits wearables can bring to a manufacturing facility. Smartwatches are not the only wearable tech. The sector has rapidly expanded and now includes radiation-blocking underwear, smart shoes and emotion-sensing bracelets. As well as weird and wonderful applications, wearable tech is becoming a staple factory technology by offering safety and productivity benefits.
Feb. 9, 2018 - WorkSafeBC has released a new three-year plan to help employers reduce serious injuries in the forestry sector. The 2018-2020 Forestry High-Risk Strategy is a renewed three-year strategy for prevention activities in harvesting and related operations.
Jan. 25, 2018 - J.D. Irving is reporting that after “multiple air tests,” it is confirming zero readings of butane at the Irving Wallboard, Irving Paper and or Bayside Drive Offices after its January 11 announcement of possible butane levels at its operations. As well, the tests confirm zero butane readings at its water and sewers lines.
Jan. 16, 2018 - The Ontario government has increased the maximum fines for individuals and businesses that do not meet workplace health and safety standards.
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BIOFOR International 2019
February 4-7, 2019
PaperWeek Canada 2019
February 4-7, 2019
March 24-26, 2019
IMPS 2019: 28th International Munich Paper Symposium
March 27-29, 2019
International Pulp Week
May 5-7, 2019
May 5-8, 2019