Dust Collection is used in the woodworking industry to keep shops and facilities dust free.
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Either big or small, woodshops require dust collection to create a breathable and safe working space. Dust from sawing, cutting, and milling wood create hazards of their own.
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Dust Collection in Woodworking
Health & Safety of Workers
Reduce Risks of Combustible Dust
Improve Quality of Shop
Harmful Dusts such as Silica & More
Ensure Product Quality
Health & Safety
Woodworking by itself means the skill of crafting and building something made of wooden materials. Rocking chairs, desks, sculptures, just to name a few things that are made. Woodworkers are very passionate about their skills and what they can do. What can get in the way of that passion is health issues. Many woodworking shops require dust collection systems to collect fine dust particles that machinery leaves behind. These particles hinder the air quality and can cause respiratory issues. Woodshavings, woodchips, and even finer dust particles are harmful to one's health and can impact machinery. Some dust types are extremely harmful and toxic when inhaled. Over time, dust inhalation can cause a number of health issues such as: asthma, respiratory disease, asthma, and even cancer. Some dust types can result in allergic reactions such as skin and eye irritation.
Like other dust types, there is an increased risk of combustible dust in woodworking applications. Sawdust for example, camn explode into a fiery inferno if ignited by an ignition source. Many woodshops have to be extra careful as fires and dust explosions can occur if the shop is not free of dust particles. Since wood dust is a more common dust type, some people believe it isn't that dangerous. However, precautions must be taken to avoid serious injury or death to workers or infrastructural damage to industrial wood facilities/woodshops. Common ways dust can be generated include:
• Dust from drilling, cutting, sawing wood.
• Dust generated from woodworking machinery like band saws, routers, boring machines, etc.
• Extra fine dust particles are the ones to watch out for. As once they are inhaled, they can penetrate the lungs and potentially the heart.
Meeting OSHA Regulations
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OHSA) has regulations in place on dust levels within a woodshop. The permissible exposure limits (PEL) on what is known as nuisance dust is dust is 15 mg/m3. Other dust is regulated to 5 mg/m3. These limits are in place to regulate how much dust woodworkers can be exposed to.
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