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Sound the alarm: should we be worried about wood dust exposures?
Synergist 2011 Jan; 22(1):24-26
If more than two million workers were found to be exposed above an occupational exposure limit in Europe, and a similar number were likely to be overexposed in the United States and Canada - not to mention an undetermined number in other countries - wouldn't we be alarmed? This is the current situation with wood dust. Many of us who have enjoyed carpentry, at school in wood shop or at home as hobbyists, have experienced the tickly effect of inhaling wood dust. Perhaps we dismissed this effect because of the pleasing odor of liberated resins and other chemicals from freshly cut wood. However, many millions of workers worldwide are exposed to wood dust on a daily basis, frequently at high concentrations. Only rarely has this exposure been considered more than a nuisance.
Dust-exposure; Dust-inhalation; Dust-measurement; Dust-particles; Particle-aerodynamics; Particulate-dust; Risk-analysis; Standards; Wood-dusts; Work-operations; Work-performance; Workplace-studies; Work-practices
Issue of Publication
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; Manufacturing
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