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Wood Dust and Work-related Asthma
An updated booklet published by the Work-Related Asthma Prevention Program (WRAPP) of the California Department of Public Health provides tips on preventing asthma when working with wood.
NIOSH Safety and Health Topic: Sawmills
This topic page provides information on regulations, hazards and injury prevention as related to work in sawmills.
Many dusts are combustible, which means they can catch fire and burn. When fine dust particles catch fire while they’re suspended in the air, known as deflagration, fire can spread rapidly and sometimes leads to an explosion.
Source: WorkSafe BC
OSHA Quick Card: Chain Saw Safety
Operating a chain saw is inherently hazardous. Potential injuries can be minimized by using proper personal protective equipment and safe operating procedures.
Safety and Health Topic Page: Hydrogen Sulfide
This web page provides information on how hydrogen sulfide can affect your health, where you might find it, and how to prevent harmful exposures.
SAIF Corporation Fact Sheet: Western Red Cedar Asthma
This fact sheet provided by SAIF Corporation addresses occupational exposures to Western Red Cedar and Asthma.
Oregon OSHA Hazard Alert - Combustible Dust
This hazard alert addresses an explosion and fire caused when sugar dust ignited causing injuries and deaths. This alert addresses the risk of this occurring related to wood dust, powder-coating filters, grains and other products.
Source: Oregon OSHA
Safety and Health Topics: Woodworking
Woodworking operations can be hazardous, particularly when machines are used improperly or without proper safeguards. Woodworking hazards are addressed in specific standards for the general industry.