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Wood dust extraction for woodworking activities, for example, joinery workshops, sawmills and timber workshops should not be overlooked in the workplace. Various kinds of wood materials, matched with different treatment coatings make wood dusts an unpredictable and dangerous hazard in the workplace.Read More
From an operational perspective, it makes good business and logistical sense to maintain, or keep on top of wood dust in the workplace with the use of a local exhaust ventilation (LEV) system. This is because it can save workers’ time cleaning up, but also there will be fewer slips and trip hazards caused by dust that’s settled. Also, dust produced from woodworking activities is flammable and has the potential to cause a serious fire or, albeit very rare, the potential to cause an explosion.
Exposures to woods can be very dangerous to workers and can lead a number of different health problems for staff. By ensuring that the right control measures are in place for the various kinds of hazards that exposures to wood dust can bring, you're not only protecting your business, but your staff also.0
Wood dust can have an adverse effect of health, from allergic reactions to affecting lung capacity. Diagnosis from different types of wood dust can include hay fever, shortness of breath (or a reduced lung function), developing allergies or potentially life-threatening conditions such as occupational asthma or heart disease.
Indoor air quality should be taken into consideration for all members of staff, not just those on woodworking machinery to ensure that the air is clean and pollution-free for all members of staff.
The methodology of capturing is very simple, we always advise our simple four-step at-source capture philosophy process; capture, filter air mover and air release. Find out more about our capture philosophy on our 'About Us' page.
In January 2020, the HSE updated the 'EH40/2005: Workplace Exposure Limits' guidance, which is the document which contains the details of the workplace exposure limits, which should be used in tandem with the 'Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (as amended)' (COSHH) guidance.
In the EH40/2005 Workplace Exposure Limits guidance, it advises that business who undertake woodworking operations in the UK must adhere to the COSHH regulations and ensure compliance is met.
The new long term WEL for hardwood dust is 3mg/m3 is based on an 8-hour time weighted average (TWA), whilst the WEL for softwood dust is 5mg/m3). For businesses who engage with mixtures of both hardwood and softwood dust; the lower WEL (for hardwood dust of 3mg/m3) applies to all wood dust present in that mixture. There is no prescribed short term exposure limit advised.
To find out more, please visit the HSE's Wood Dust Control Guidance webpage.
In May 2019, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) updated their COSHH Essential Guidance Sheets for woodworking industries.
As part of their update, HSE fragmented their guidance sheets to give business owners and QHSE managers clearer advice and guidance on how to protect staff in the workplace and saw the woodworking sector split via different sawing methods.
These methods included bandsaw, circular bench saws, cross-cut saws, vertical spindle moulders, overhead and CNC routers, handheld sanding machines, wall saw, surface planer, fixed sanding machines (narrow belt), fixed sanding machine (disc), fixed sanding machines (drum/bobbin), chop saw and; suction hose attachment for cleaning.
The HSE advise that businesses should protect workers by providing wood dust extraction, also commonly known as Local Exhaust Ventilation or LEV systems. These should be directly at woodworking machines to capture and remove dust before it disperses into the workplace. Workers exposed to wood dust should be provided not only with LEV, but Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as eye protection and respiratory protection to protect themselves the hazards of wood dust.
With such a variety of different LEV systems on the market, it can be a complicated decision ensuring that the right method of ventilation system is selected and implemented for your business.
We have various kinds of wood dust extractor solutions available, however our main, or typical just extraction solutions are:
Auto Extract Systems have a variety of wood dust extraction local exhaust ventilation (LEV) solutions to suit your business’ woodworking needs, from direct connection systems to filtration units for coarse or fine dust. Auto Extract Systems are accustomed to helping all kinds of woodworking businesses in providing pollution-free workplaces for their staff.
We offer businesses FREE site assessments in order to fully understand your business's wood dust extractor needs. Our P602-qualified LEV system design engineers will then provide a no-obligation quotation to help irradicate the dust exposure in your business. We'll accurately design your LEV system, using the specific calculations to determine the size and scale. Find out more about our Installation Service.
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