Wood dust may cause irritation and repeated inhalation may damage health and increase the risk of nasal cancer.
The following work practices should be employed:
- Work areas must be clean;
- Sawing, sanding and routing equipment to be fitted with dust extractors and
- Dust levels should be less than safe levels set by Worksafe Australia for wood dust.
When machining timber, respiratory protection, gloves, clothing and eye protection conforming with Australian Safety Standards should be worn. After handling timber, hands should be washed thoroughly with mild soap and clothing regularly laundered.
Manufacturers’ instructions and Worksafe Australia standards must be adhered to when using power or hand tools.
Reference: Boral Timber brochure: What you should know about Boral Kiln Dried Timber Products