Include framing, sculpting, furniture-making, etc..., using various types of hard and soft woods, exotic woods, plywood, composition board, etc...
Wood dust contains a variety of substances including cellulose, lignin, fatty acids, sterols, alcohols, terpenes, tannins, and alkaloids.
Inhalation of wood dust may irritate the lungs and cause respiratory effects.
Occupational exposures like furniture and cabinet-making to some hardwood dusts have been associated with cancer of the nasal cavities and sinuses.
Numerous hardwood dusts (exotic woods) are sensitizers that can cause allergic reactions such as dermatitis, hay fever, conjunctivitis, and asthma.
Numerous physical hazards exist when using saws, hammers, chisels, glues, varnishes and strippers, heating and other types of tools used to work with wood and iron.
Use common woods rather than exotic woods.
Constituents of some hardwoods may cause headaches, nausea, cardiac symptoms, etc...
Avoid inhaling wood dust by using a NIOSH-approved toxic dust respirator or ensure appropriate ventilation.
Use gloves or barrier cream to protect hands.
Never defeat protective equipment included with saws or other types of power tool equipment. Use eye shielding when cutting, chipping, chiseling, hammering or other types of woodworking activity that may cause wood pieces to splinter or shatter.
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