BC Safety Authority releases recommendations following investigation into Babine Forest Products explosion and fire
The full recommendations report will not be released at this time to compromising Crown Counsel’s review of a referral from WorkSafeBC.
As a result of the investigation, BCSA has made nine recommendations directed at wood processing facility owners and operators, the BC Office of the Fire Commissioner and the Canadian Standards Association.
“Our recommendations are intended to improve how and by whom hazardous locations are identified, documented, and ultimately managed in order to reduce the risk of this type of incident ever happening again,” says Paddon.
BCSA’s enforcement actions include issuance of two Safety Orders for wood processing facilities. In support of the recommendations, a third Safety Order has been drafted and an industry consultation begins immediately. BCSA has also issued four Compliance Orders related to this incident and is drafting an Information Bulletin to be distributed before the end of the month.
The BCSA is an independent, self‐funded organization mandated to oversee the safe installation and operation of technical systems and equipment. In addition to issuing permits, licences and certificates we work with industry to reduce safety risks through assessment, education and outreach, enforcement, and research.
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