Wood Dust Exposure Control Plan

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Wood Dust Exposure Control Plan

  1. Purpose

The company is committed to protecting the health and well-being of employees, visitors and contractors. This Exposure Control Plan (ECP) is designed to minimize exposure to wood dust, to eliminate fire hazards due to accumulation of wood dust, and to ensure compliance with applicable WSBC regulations.

This ECP applies to any areas or tasks where there is the potential for the generation or accumulation of wood dust. This ECP outlines the measures that are necessary to minimize exposure of wood dust. The appendices of this document describe the processes that are taken and schedules that are followed in order to minimize exposures of wood dust in this site.

  1. Definitions

SupervisorEmployee who instructs, directs and controls employees in the performance of their duties and activities.

Carcinogen – A substance that has been shown to cause, or has the potential of causing cancer, in humans. Carcinogens are designated in section 5.57(1) of the OHS Regulation.

Allergen – A substance capable of inducing allergy or specific hypersensitivity.

  1. Applicable Legislation and Reference Materials

WorkSafeBC Worker’s Compensation Act Part 3 Division 3

OHS Regulation Guideline Part 4 – Work Area Requirements

OHS Regulation Guideline Part 5 – Table of Exposure Limits for Chemicals and Biological Substances

  1. Roles and Responsibilities


  • Comply with relevant federal, provincial and WorkSafeBC Regulations and support implementation of the ECP.

  • Site owner / responsibility for ECP – Maintenance Superintendant –       (name).


  • Ensure that engineering controls (extraction system) are effective and properly maintained.

  • Conduct planned maintenance (PM) following task-specific work procedures to ensure the safe removal of accumulated wood dust from machinery, equipment and building surfaces.

Safety Committee

Conduct regular inspections to identify and correct areas of wood dust accumulation to ensure that controls are functional and to prevent the development of hazardous conditions.

Ensure risk assessments are undertaken in areas of concern and report and recommend needed changes to site physical conditions and employee training.

Ensure respirator fit testing is current for required employees and that on site fit testing train the trainer is completed as required.


Supervisors are required to ensure the health and safety of all workers under their supervision.

This includes providing employees with instruction and training in order to carry out their work activities safely.

Responsible to ensure employees follow safe work procedures, have needed tools and equipment to do their job, so that they are not exposed to the health hazards of exposure to wood dust. This is accomplished by:

  1. Development of safe work procedures for any wood dust generating jobs.

  2. Educating employees on the health hazards associated with wood dust, follow the control measures and safe work procedures.

  3. Conducting inspections and maintain sufficient supervision to ensure PPE provided is used; dust extraction system is functioning properly.


Participate in required training, use controls and adhere to specific work procedures.

Report any unsafe conditions or acts.

Stop work at any time their work is exposing them to harm from wood dust exposure and report the unsafe condition.

  1. Risk Identification, Assessment and Control

Risk Identification

Regular walk through inspections of any area where there is the potential for employee exposure from the generation or accumulation of wood dust.

Risk Assessment

A risk assessment shall be completed for those areas where there is the potential of employee exposure from the accumulation of wood dust. The degree of risk will depend on the probability, the extent and the consequence of exposure to wood dust for a specific task or area.

Control Measures

Wood dust has been classified as an ALARA substance for which exposures must be kept as low as reasonably achievable.

Engineering Controls

  1. Local exhaust ventilation system with dust collection must be used to control the hazard of exposure.

Administrative Controls

  1. Conducting regular inspections of areas where there is the potential of wood dust exposure.

  2. Educate employees regarding these hazards and control measures to prevent exposure.

  3. Regular cleaning scheduled as per PM plans.


  1. Goggles/safety glasses with side shields.

  2. N95 dust mask/respirator where required with appropriate fit testing.

  3. Other PPE is identified in job safety breakdown.

  1. Education and Training

Training in:

The hazards of wood dust exposure

The safe procedures to do your job

Respirator fit testing

PPE requirements

Hazard control measures

  1. Health Monitoring

Employees are required to report promptly any respiratory tract and or dermal symptoms which may be linked to exposure to wood dust to their first aid attendant. The health signals may be irritation to the eyes, skin, tract, allergic reactions, deficits to pulmonary function and cancer.

  1. ECP Annual Review

There will be an annual ECP plan review that covers:

The effectiveness of control measures in place and the work procedures being used

First aid reports and any reported exposure related health issues

Documentation of training and education

This review will be done by or in consultation with the safety committee.

CD.1 – Wood Dust Exposure Control Plan Version 1.01 June 15, 2010 – Page

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