WorkSafeBC is launching an awareness campaign to educate employers and workers about impairment in the workplace, as the legalization of recreational cannabis takes effect October 17.
At a metal recycling facility recently, a compressed gas cylinder exploded when it was cut with a metal shear. At a different facility, an explosion occurred when a vehicle ran over a plastic garbage bag. Workers didn't know the bag contained a discarded propane tank. At another recycling facility, a propane tank exploded when it was inadvertently loaded into a shredder with a pile of scrap metal. This bulletin can help employers identify hazards and reduce the risk of fires and explosions at recycling facilities.