A for Airborne Dust Hazard

Airborne wood dust is one of the most dangerous hazards we are exposed to when woodworking. It can cause serious non-reversible health problems including skin disorders, rhinitis and nasal passage obstruction, asthma and a rare type of nasal cancer.

Fine dust poses the greatest danger as breathing takes this deep into lungs where it can do the most damage. In addition to tiny particles of wood produced during working, wood dust may also contain bacteria, fungal and moss spores.

The following activities can produce high levels of dust exposure.

Many professional woodturners suffer from exposure to wood dust – some have used respiratory protection whilst turning or sanding but were then caught out as they cleaned up without breathing protection.

LEARNING POINT – Don’t let the dust get to you!

Trevor Branton