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Control of wood dust from horizontal belt and large-diameter disc sanders.
Topmiller JL; Flesch JP
Appl Occup Environ Hyg 1999 Sep; 14(9):587-589
The use of horizontal belt sanders in woodworking creates significant amounts of wood dust.Workers exposed to wood dusts have experienced a variety of adverse health effects such as eye and skin irritation, allergy, reduced lung function, asthma, and nasal cancer. Therefore, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommends limiting wood dust exposures to prevent these health problems.Surveys by NIOSH researchers indicated that wood dust from the horizontal belt sanders used in woodworking was not effectively controlled. As a result, researchers developed an inexpensive auxiliary ventilation system for the horizontal belt sanders that significantly reduced wood dust emissions into the workroom.
Woodworking; Woodworkers; Woodworking-equipment; Woodworking-industry; Eye-irritants; Skin-irritants; Allergies; Bronchial-asthma; Ventilation; Ventilation-systems
Issue of Publication
Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
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