Wood mud could cause well being points, so it is essential to guard your self with correct mud assortment. Using a respirator (NOT a mud masks) is a primary step. This video reveals instruments used to seize mud and the well being hazards associated to wooden mud publicity.
In 1994, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) categorised wooden mud as a human carcinogen, that means it will probably trigger most cancers. The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) states that wooden mud could cause dermatitis, most cancers, allergic respiratory results, bronchial asthma, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, and continual bronchitis.
It may sound a bit like a pharmaceutical advert, nevertheless it’s essential to grasp that wooden mud publicity has some well being dangers. I just lately had a well being checkup the place my lung capability was examined and I used to be despatched to the hospital for detailed testing with a requisition in my hand that described me as a “woodworker with mild obstruction” – I’ll let you know extra about that later.
I present you my workshop and my mud assortment setup. But first, it’s essential to grasp how our our bodies are affected by wooden mud, as a result of with out that, mud assortment has rather a lot much less that means.
Some mud particles are so small, your lungs will soak up them and do away with them. Some mud particles are massive sufficient you’ll cough them as much as get them out of your lungs. The mud particles between these sizes get embedded in our lungs and your physique covers them with scar tissue, which completely decreases your lung capability.
Sawdust is part of what we do as woodworkers, so how will we shield ourselves? The greatest steering is to have a look at business rules that shield the well being and security of employees within the office. As a pastime woodworker or a one-person woodworking enterprise, you might not be conscious that these exist. I’m going to share some common steering on how you can shield your self from the well being hazards of wooden mud, however I encourage you to study in regards to the rules the place you reside. Here are some hyperlinks with extra info:
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A respirator is the naked minimal of what it’s worthwhile to shield your lungs from wooden mud. Dust masks can not shield your lungs – they could look cool, but when it’s not NIOSH licensed, don’t put on it!
Collecting wooden mud on the supply is the business well being & security greatest apply, however how do you do this? The goal is to make use of mud assortment to forestall it from stepping into the air you breathe.
A store vacuum linked to your energy instruments will assist seize wooden mud. Only do that in case you have a HEPA filter in your vacuum, in any other case the damaging wooden mud particles are actually being despatched airborne. Also, do not sweep or blow mud round, vacuum it as much as seize it and comprise it.
For bigger instruments, you want extra air circulate. To get extra air circulate, you want a mud assortment system. I purchased a 1.5 HP mud collector within the late 1990’s and it’s served me properly. The essential issue with a mud collector is having very superb filters. This captures the damaging wooden mud particles that may trigger lung injury. I exploit my mud collector for my miter noticed, desk noticed, router, and lathe… properly, the lathe setup continues to be a piece in progress… it is onerous to comprise that mud. If you will have any ideas, I’d love to listen to them.
Remember, don’t blow mud away, seize it on the supply. If you discovered this video helpful, please share it with different woodworkers. I really need individuals to grasp the significance of defending your lungs from wooden mud and I don’t suppose there’s sufficient data about this on YouTube.
Thanks to iVac ( for serving to make this episode attainable. Here are hyperlinks to a few of their mud assortment merchandise:
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