Wood Dust Exposure
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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.
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
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 Fact Sheet - Wood Dust
Industries that have a high risk of wood-dust exposure include sawmills, planer mills, dimension mills, furniture industries, cabinet makers, and carpenters. Wood dust can present both health and safety hazards.
Source: Oregon OSHA
Health Effects From Exposure to Wood Dust
This safety bulletin provided by WorkSafe Alberta addresses health effects from wood dust exposure including irritation of eyes, nose and throat, dermatitis, respiratory system effects, and cancer as well as the relationship of these effects to wood type.
Source: Work Safe Alberta
Safety and Health Topics: Wood Dust
Wood dust becomes a potential health problem when wood particles from processes such as sanding and cutting become airborne. Breathing these particles may cause allergic respiratory symptoms, mucosal and non-allergic respiratory symptoms, and cancer.