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  • ISHM Educates Employers and Workers about Wood Dust Exposure Hazards

    Many workers across the nation are exposed to wood dusts at sawmills, wood processing facilities and during construction and renovation activities. In 2009, California's Proposition 65 list added wood dust as a substance known to the State of California to cause cancer. Wood dust becomes a potential health problem when wood particles become airborne. Wood dust can be created when wood is ...

  • Workers Exposed to Wood Dusts can be at Risk

    Tens of thousands of workers across the Mid-Atlantic region are exposed to wood dusts every time they go to work. These workers include carpenters, construction workers and people who work in factories that utilize wood and wood products. While many people recognize that wood dusts can pose a combustible dust hazard, few recognize that exposure to wood dusts can cause a host of negative ...

  • IAQ and EH&S Professionals Protect Workers from Wood Dust Hazards

    California's Proposition 65 list added wood dust as a substance known to the State of California to cause cancer in 2009. Workers across the nation employed at sawmills, wood processing facilities and during construction and renovation activities are exposed to wood dusts on a daily basis. Whenever wood is cut, drilled, sanded, machined or processed wood dusts can be created. There are ...

  • California’s Prop 65 and Public Health Concerns over Wood Dust

    In 1986, California voters approved an initiative to address increasing concerns over exposure to toxic chemicals. That initiative, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, is better known by its original name of Proposition 65. Proposition 65 requires businesses to notify Californians about significant amounts of chemicals in the products they purchase, in their homes or ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Exposure to Wood Dust Hazards Revealed in New Online Video

    Today, the IAQ Video Network and Cochrane & Associates announced the release of another online video to help educate the public about issues that may impact their health. The latest educational video discusses health hazards associated with wood dusts. In 2009, wood dust was added to California's Proposition 65 list as a substance known to the State of California to cause cancer. Many ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Sawdust Ignites Causing a Large Fire at a Manufacturing Plant

    Recently, a three-story warehouse in Enfield, Connecticut burst into flames. Fire investigators have determined that sawdust was likely ignited by a piece of hot metal which made its way to the dust house at the manufacturing plant. Wood dust is a common product and byproduct of many manufacturing processes across the nation. Wood dust is easily ignited when it becomes airborne and is ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Fatal Wood Dust Explosion the Focus of BC Safety Authority Report

    It was just over one year ago when a wood dust explosion took the lives of two mill workers and injured twenty others in Burns Lake, British Columbia. The explosion and fire also destroyed the sawmill facility. In response, the B.C. Safety Authority (BCSA) released a recommendations report about the incident last month. The report makes nine recommendations to improve the identification and ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Dust Explosion Leaves Two Workers Severely Injured in Phoenix

    Last week, two workers from a Phoenix design business were severely injured when a dust explosion occurred while they were cleaning wood dust from the loft area of the business. The injured workers were taken to a local hospital suffering from 2nd and 3rd degree burns. Wood dust is a common cause of combustible dust explosions in the work environment. They occur when wood dust, which are fine ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Inteliair Installs first system in Canada

    We are delighted to have supplied the first Inteliair™ air control system to our new distributors in Canada for retro-fitting into a wood dust extraction system at JMV Woodworks in Abbotsford, British Columbia. Our distributor (Airmax Systems Inc.) won the order for the Inteliair™ control system thanks to its ability to maximise the efficiency of existing equipment in this instance ...


    By Western Air Ducts UK Ltd.

  • US Department of Labor`s OSHA cites East Providence, RI, company for combustible wood dust and other hazards after August 2013 fire and explosion

    On Aug. 20, 2013, a combustible wood dust explosion and fire occurred at Inferno Wood Pellet Inc. in East Providence, injuring a worker and partially demolishing the building. The ignition of wood dust in the plant's production room migrated to a retention bin, resulting in an explosion that spread through the building. "While no one was killed, the potential for death and serious injury was ...

  • Phoenix Industrial Dust Explosion Sends Workers to the Hospital

    Last month, two workers were rushed to a Phoenix hospital after suffering second and third degree burns following a combustible dust fire at their place of employment. The explosion occurred while the employees were cleaning a loft area of the business that had accumulated significant wood dust. Combustible dust explosions happen all too often in the work environment and they can often be ...


    By Clark Seif Clark Inc.

  • ISHM Educates Workers about Combustible Dust Hazards

    Several months ago, a sawmill explosion took place in Prince George, British Columbia. The explosion was felt by many area residents, one of whom reported it felt like an earthquake. The explosion resulted in a fatality and multiple injuries to the sawmill’s employees. The suspected culprit in the explosion was combustible sawdust. Wood dust is a known combustible dust hazard. The ...

  • FR-Over 2 Million people exposed to at least one carcinogen, mutagen or reprotoxicant in 2010

    According to an in-depth analysis of the last French SUMER survey, in 2010, over 10% of employees, about 2.25 million people, were exposed to at least one chemical carcinogen, mutagen or reprotoxicant (CMR) during the last week worked. Between 2003 and 2010, the proportion of workers exposed to CMR and exposure levels (duration and intensity) decreased overall and protective measures have been ...

  • A new OSHwiki article highlights the risks and hazards of process-generated contaminants

    Process-generated contaminants can be generated as emissions from combustion processes, abrasion and/or other processes that physically or chemically degrade or otherwise modify the starting material(s), e.g. degradation/composting of organic materials. Such emissions are generally complex and variable mixtures of substances that are generated by processes or activities and are incidentally ...

  • Understanding Waste Classification

    All manufacturing waste is not the same. While this may be an obvious point, the fact is that there is no widely recognized standard for classifying such waste. Now, a proposed ASTM standard is being developed to help manufacturers address waste classification issues. WK38312, Classification for Waste From Manufacturing Facilities and Associated Support Facilities, covers all waste created in ...


    By ASTM International

  • RWS Manufacturing Cited for Repeat Violations

    The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) conducted an inspection of RWS Manufacturing Inc., a miscellaneous wood product manufacturing company, on Jan 13, 2016, as a follow-up to a previous 2012 inspection which yielded a total of 22 violations. That follow-up inspection revealed several extant violations, with a variety of dust-related hazards ...


    By OSHA-Pros USA, LLC

  • Cabinet manufacturer Oak Creations exposed Columbus, Montana, workers to fire, explosion, amputation and respiratory hazards

    A 55-year-old finish sander died at Oak Creations Inc. after acute exposure to wood dust during his 15 years with the company. After Tom Hegg's death on Jan. 13, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspected the Columbus-based business. OSHA inspectors found 21 serious safety violations that exposed workers to respiratory hazards, fire, explosion, ...

  • Safety crack down on North English industrial estates

    More than 100 businesses in Newcastle, England were visited in a recent crackdown on industrial estates by Health and Safety Executive and local council inspectors. On 14 occasions, they were so worried about what they saw, they issued an official “improvement notice” requiring action to be taken as a matter of urgency to prevent an accident occurring. A further eight improvement notices will ...

  • OSHA Fines Plant Rocked By Dust Collection System Fire And Explosion

    OSHA fined the New England Wood Pellet, LLC a total of $147,000 over safety violations after a combustible dust fire and explosion rocked the company’s plant in Jaffrey, NH last week. The fines, which are some of the biggest yet this year, and the accompanying report on the incident that criticizes the company for failing to “effectively minimize and address clearly recognized hazards ...


    By Baghouse.com

  • To The Point About Preventing Eye Injuries

    Dust, wood chips, nails, hazardous chemicals, radiant light and countless other items can strike or enter the eye and cause injury. Taking proper precautions and wearing the appropriate protection against eye hazards can prevent eye injuries. This program provides an overview of your organization’s plan to protect your sight and points out how the use of various protective devices can ...


    By ERI Safety Videos

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