Health & Safety Bookmarks

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Silo fires: fire extinguishing and preventive and preparatory measures

Book on preventing and coping with fires in wood pellet silos, by a leading expert. Free download from MSB, the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency.

Particular focus on large systems, because the risk of fires and the difficulty of controlling them is much greater in large systems. But some of the advice is relevant to smaller systems, and much of it is applicable to wood pellet manufacturers and suppliers, who may be storing large quantities of wood pellets.

Solutions to Biomass Problems (dust explosion risk and management)

School Building Magazine, June 2012. Navigate to p.19 for double-page spread on the risks of dust explosion in wood pellet stores, and Wood Energy's solutions to manage the risks.

Firefighters among seven hurt in Forres silo explosion

Fire and explosion in a wood-dust silo in Forres.

The Lethal Dangers of Wood Pellets (YouTube video)
Website for the SafePellets project

The SafePellets project aims at providing information about safety and quality assurance measures along the biomass pellets supply chain. The project was initiated by the coordinator BIOENERGY2020+ – an Austrian K1 centre – and is funded within the 7th Framework Programme  “Research for SME Associations” by the EU.

Stoking the biofuel flame

Interview with Eija Alakangas about the new ISO solid biofuel standards.

Risk of carbon monoxide release during the storage of wood pellets

UK Health & Safety Executive Safety Notice. Excessive focus on one risk ("offgassing" of carbon monoxide from the wood pellets) and insufficient attention to other risks of CO release (e.g. due to back-pressure from the boiler) or of other dangers in a wood pellet store (e.g. dust hazards).

Woodfuel Magazine

New online magazine for the UK (primarily) wood-fuel market. First edition due out in the week beginning 3 Sept 2013.

The magazine aims to support and promote the woodfuel industry, whether you are a small scale log supplier, or a national supplier, installer, or consultant.