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HSE Case Study Schools Wood dust

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A tale of two new schools. The problem Wood dust is a hazardous substance arising from the use of woodworking machines. Breathing in wood dust can cause asthma. However, it is easily controlled by using local exhaust ventilation (LEV). Two new schools had very different experiences when it came to installing LEV in their woodworking…

HSE WIS14 – Selecting Suitable RPE in Woodworking

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This HSE Woodworking Series information sheet provides advice to employers and operatives on the selection of respiratory protective equipment (RPE) for use with both hardwood and softwood dust. A pdf copy of the guidance sheet can be downloaded here:-  HSE WIS14 Selecting RPE

HSE Video – Dust Control at Circular Saws

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This short HSE video available on YouTube provides information on how to control wood dust when using circular saw benches. It explains the problem, how to set up the wood dust extraction (local exhaust ventilation) correctly to control the wood dust and how to check that wood dust is being controlled by using a dust lamp….