05/22/2006

New fact sheet: wood dust

Wood dust is created when machines are used to cut, shape, or smooth wood
materials. 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.

The OSHA division of the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services
has published a new fact sheet covering the Health Hazards/Effects as well as
Safety Hazards of wood dust and suggesting Safe Work Practices:
Methods to minimize wood dust levels:

  • Employ good housekeeping practices.
  • Do NOT use compressed air to clean work surfaces. Sweep or vacuum the dust.
  • Use local exhaust ventilation to capture and remove dust from woodworking
    equipment.
  • Maintain dust control equipment properly.
  • Use wet methods where appropriate to minimize dust generation
  • Use respiratory protection when other control measures do not reduce
    exposures below the permissible limits or are not feasible.
  • Provide other personal protective equipment, such as gloves, overalls, and
    eye protection as necessary.

More information


AplusA-online.de - Source: Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division