Wood Products

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Dec 06, 2017
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.

Source: CDPH

Jan 16, 2017
American Forest and Paper Association


American Forest and Paper Association


Jan 16, 2017
NIOSH Safety and Health Topic: Sawmills


This topic page provides information on regulations, hazards and injury prevention as related to work in sawmills.

Source: OSHA

Jun 01, 2016
Combustible dust


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

Jul 01, 2014
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.

Source: OSHA

Mar 01, 2013
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.

Source: OSHA

Jun 01, 2012
Health and safety in the woodworking industry


This website will help you manage woodworking risks, as well as provide you with regular updates on health and safety issues.

Source: HSE

Mar 01, 2010
SAIF Corporation Fact Sheet: Western Red Cedar Asthma


This fact sheet provided by SAIF Corporation addresses occupational exposures to Western Red Cedar and Asthma.

Source: SAIF

May 01, 2008
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

Oct 01, 2006
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.

Source: OSHA