Wood Finishing

Safe Sanding Practices

Safety Hazards:

 

Respiratory - If not properly controlled, continuous inhaling of wood dust can cause nasal irritation and bleeding, inflammation of the sinuses, wheezing, prolonged colds, and decreased lung function.

 

Skin and Eyes - Constant contact with wood dust can lead to dermatitis. Symptoms can include redness, itching, and cracking.  Wood dust can also cause eye irritation.

 

Cancer - Wood dust is a known human carcinogen and can cause cancer in the sinuses and nasal cavities if one is continuously exposed to it.

 

Solutions:

 

Permissible Eposure Limits (PELs) - Cal/OSHA has PELs that regulate the amount of wood dust workers are allowed to breath.

 

Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) - Engineering controls must be used to prevent overexposure to wood dust.

 

Respirators - If not using a LEV, respirators can be used while wood sanding to limit wood dust intake.

 

Housekeeping - Keeping a clean environment with wood dust cleaned off of the floors, equipment, etc., can help prevent slips, falls, files and added dust in the air.

 

For more information about safety hazards with wood sanding please visit http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/wooddust/.

 

 

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Recommended procedures for US wood finishing industry.