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Belt Dryer Safety

by Ellen Cools

As belt dryers have become more common, the pellet industry has experienced several safety incidents over the past few years. The Wood Pellet Association of Canada (WPAC), in co-operation with the BC Forest Safety Council, WorkSafeBC and media partner Canadian Biomass, held the Belt Dryer Symposium on Nov. 25, 2020. The purpose of the Belt Dryer Safety Symposium was to share the learnings from these incidents and for individual operators to share in-house safe operating procedures with their industry colleagues. You can read more about the symposium and key learnings here.

A Belt Dryer Working Group has since been established to review the past incidents and lessons learned for safer uses of belt dryers in pellet industry.

Anyone seeking more information or interested in joining the working group should contact Fahimeh Yazdan Panah, WPAC’s director of research and technical development:

Tel: 1-778-990-2656
Email: fahimeh@pellet.org