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Wood Dust

Protection of employees from wood dust is the primary health and safety concern in wood processing industry. 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. Significant exposure can occur at all stages of the process from logging through product manufacture to wood waste processing.

Sysco Environmental has extensive experience in providing thorough and well-designed wood dust testing programs and monitoring wood dust in wood processing industries. This is invaluable in achieving effective protection of employees. We have helped our clients to achieve effective control in:

Employees’ exposure to wood dust can be effectively controlled through 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 can benefit from a comprehensive wood dust monitoring program which typically involves:

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.