Wood Dust Exposure

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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

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

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, 2006
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

Apr 01, 2006
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

Mar 01, 2003
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.

Source: OSHA