Wood dust is created when machines are used to cut or shape wood
materials. Industries that have a high risk of wood-dust exposure include sawmills,
dimension mills, furniture industries, cabinet makers, and carpenters. Negative
health effects have been associated with professions that shape, cut, or work
wood. Companies need to be aware of the health effects of wood dust, as exposure
to wood dust may cause external and internal health problems. Adverse health
effects associated with wood dust exposure include dermatitis, allergic
respiratory effects, mucosal and non-allergic respiratory effects, and cancer.
But, there is a lack of longitudinal studies exploring the association between
organic wood dust exposure and new-onset chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
(COPD) and change in lung function. Researchers have re-investigated these
associations in a 6-year follow-up cohort of furniture workers exposed to wood
dust using improved outcome measures and methods - published in the recent copy
of Annals of Work Exposures and Health.
AplusA-online.de - Source: Annals of Work Exposures and Health