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…
Clean up your act video by the HSE demonstrates the high exposures you can get sweeping up or blowing down compared to using a vacuum with HEPA filters.
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
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….
Produced by the British Woodworking Federation in 2015 this video provides a good overview to the CoSHH control requirements in a woodworking workshop. Discusses Hoods, Log Books/Manuals, Operator Instruction/Training and TExTs. Very good intro to woodworking LEV for Buyers/Users BWF LEV in Woodworking
This HSE video clip is available on YouTube and shows an effective LEV system operating in a school woodworking classroom. YouTube Link: HSE Video – Effective LEV in a Classroom
Basic guide to health effects, exposure controls etc in woodworking published by HSA Ireland, 2010 HSA Woodworking Information Sheet