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Wood Dust Hazards.

Authors
Anonymous
Source
NIOSH 1977 Oct:58-61
NIOSHTIC No.
00075415
Abstract
This information profile on wood dust lists its molecular structure as consisting basically of small particles of cellulose polymers of complex structure. The profile also considers its production and trends in production, uses, and the biological effects of exposure. Wood dust can adversely affect the respiratory tract or skin. Respiratory tract diseases include bronchitis, emphysema, chronic interstitial pneumonitis, bronchial asthma, allergic alveolitis, bronchial pneumonia, fibroid lungs, and bronchiectasis. Dermal effects include irritant dermatitis. Acute and chronic exposure effects are discussed. Carcinomas of the nasal cavity and accessory sinuses have been associated with occupational exposures. Wood dust also causes chronic respiratory disease in humans. Skin contact can lead to dermatitis. Heavy exposure may cause irritation to the eyes and respiratory tract. Drowsiness has been reported after exposure to certain types of wood dusts. The recommended threshold limit value for nonallergenic wood dust is 5.0 milligrams per cubic meter. (Contract No. 210-77-0120)
Keywords
NIOSH-Contract; Contract-210-77-0120; Woodworking-industry; Furniture-manufacturing; Woodworkers; Sanders; Respiratory-system-disorders; Carcinogens; Skin-disorders; Woodcutters; Lumber-industry-workers; Paper-manufacturing; Paper-manufacturing-industry; Wood-products; Kraft-paper;
Publication Date
19771001
Funding Type
Contract;
Fiscal Year
1978
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Contract-210-77-0120
Priority Area
Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease; Disease and Injury; Respiratory-system-disorders;
Source Name
Information Profiles on Potential Occupational Hazards, NIOSH Contract No. 210-77-0120, October 1977
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