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The Wood Pellet Association of Canada (WPAC) and the BC Forest Safety Council have finalized a SAFE certification system specific to the pellet industry, a move that was originally announced at the Pellet Fuel Institute (PFI) 2011 annual conference.

Citing an unacceptable safety record at the time, recent incidents at some of Canada's larger plants, and rapidly climbing workers' compensation insurance rates, WPAC executive director Gordon Murray said the need to focus attention on the safety issue has never been greater.

"We have members who have been denied insurance," Murray told PFI delegates last year. "We have insurance providers simply getting out of the pellet insurance market. We've seen WCB (Worker's Compensation Board) rates increase by 54% in just three years. It's not sustainable."

To combat this disturbing trend, WPAC joined forces with the BC Forest Safety Council, a non-profit, industry-funded organization that started tackling timber harvesting safety after the disastrous fatality numbers tallied in 2005.  The goal was to roll out a SAFE Certification system similar to that developed for harvesting operations, a system credited with a 45% drop in incident rates and a 25% drop in WCB rates in the harvesting sector. The pellet mill audit system was designed with input from both pellet manufacturers and the insurance sector, and is now available for implementation at the BC Forest Safety Council website.

While designed with BC in mind, Murray notes that it can be rolled out for other jurisdictions with very few modifications. In fact, the US Industrial Pellet Association (USIPA) is reportedly looking at the certification system for its members.

The documentation, questions and information about auditors is available here.



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