Wood dust

Protection of employees from wood dust is the primary health and safety concern in wood processing industry. Significant exposure can occur at all stages of the process from logging through product manufacture to wood waste processing. Thorough and well-designed wood dust testing program is the invaluable in achieving effective protection of employees.

Sysco has extensive experience in monitoring woods dust in wood processing industries and we have helped our clients to achieve effective control in:

  • Furniture manufacture
  • Joinery workshops
  • Bespoke wood article making
  • Wood waste processing

Employees' exposure to wood dust can be effectively controlled through the use of appropriately designed ventilation systems or respiratory protection. Good general ventilation can also reduce exposure to wood dust. However knowing where the most significant exposures to wood dust occur is essential to the overall control strategy.

Your business ca benefit from a comprehensive wood dust monitoring program which typically involves:

  • Employees' wood dust exposure monitoring
  • Assessment of existing engineering and organizational control measures
  • Employees interaction with local exhaust ventilation
  • Respiratory protection suitability
  • Requirements for health surveillance

Local ventilation may not be practical for some operations and in some cases the concentration of wood dust in the air cannot be adequately controlled by ventilation alone. In such cases respiratory protection may be needed.

Exposure to dust in the workplace can cause a variety of serious health issues, including lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) and asthma.


– 2017

Her Majesty Revenue and Customs

Diesel fumes and laboratory reagents exposure assessment

Occupation exposure monitoring of operatives for diesel fumes, petrol fumes and laboratory reagents throughout the UK. The assessment provided a comprehensive understanding of employee's likely exposure levels and measures required to ensure they continuous Health and Safety.

– 2017

Kone Plc

Lift shaft maintenance operatives' exposure assessment

Lift shaft maintenance operative's exposure assessment to solvents and lubricants during application in enclosed and poorly ventilated places. We have also carried out evaluation of effectiveness of additional area air filtration during the lubricant application process.

– 2017

Copart Ltd

Site contamination evaluation (Pesticides)

We carried out a site contamination evaluation in order to determine the levels of hazardous contaminants and the likely level of risk they present to the occupants and users. We specified the appropriate decontamination measures for the third-party contractor to ensure safety of the site personnel.

– 2017

Tyco Fire Protection Products

Noise, Fumes and Vibration exposure assessment in a production factory

We were appointed to provide a range of occupation exposure related services ranging from employees' exposure evaluation to solvents, welding fumes and isocyanates, workplace noise exposure assessment, operatives hand and arm vibration assessment to contaminants emissions evaluation during curing processes.

– 2017

Tunstall Healthcare Ltd

Large scale soldering plant occupational exposure assessment

We have completed a comprehensive evaluation of operatives' exposure to various types of soldering fumes in this production facility with the focus on maintenance tasks resulting in some odour issues. We have also provided the client with a comprehensive noise exposure evaluation report.

– 2017

Cambridgeshire Constabulary

Employees exposure assessment to lead containing dust

We have been appointed to carry out evaluation of likely employees' exposure levels to lead containing dust extended to full building contamination survey. He have help to quantify employees exposures and recommend the most appropriate measures to eliminate the contact with lead containing dust.

– 2017

Burnetts Manufacturing Ltd

Rubber Fumes and Rubber Dust exposure monitoring

Employees exposure evaluation to rubber fumes, rubber dust and injection mould fumes and thermal decomposition products.

– 2017

Satake Europe Ltd

Organic dust, Solvents and Metal working fluids exposure assessment

We have delivered a comprehensive assessment of employees' exposures to various workplace contaminants present during various stages of the production processes.