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Guide for Protecting Workers from Woodworking Hazards

26 Jul Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Guide for Protecting Workers from Woodworking Hazards
Guide for Protecting Workers from Woodworking Hazards

OSHA has determined that wood dust and sawdust may present very real health risks to workers that are involved with woodworking or simply exposed to the hazards. Wood dust may cause allergies ranging from minor to severe and may even cause cancer if breathed in over a long period of time. It is also possible that wood dust can cause scarring in the lungs which can make it difficult for workers to breath and may cause further complications. Dust control is absolutely essential for businesses to protect their employees from the hazards of wood dust.

Wood dust can be removed from an environment by use of industrial vacuum and the area should be cleared of contaminants regularly. Those working directly with wood dust particles should always be wearing face masks to prevent themselves from accidental inhalation. Goggles are also necessary to prevent any debris from entering the worker’s eyes, especially if they are working with tools in the area. There are different OSHA standards regarding woodworking hazards depending on the state, so employers should be cautious and should check these standards to determine their compliance.

For more information about dust control contact Ryvac Engineering.