Wood dust is produced when tools and other machinery are in the process of cutting, sanding, or shaping wood. Large volumes of wood dust can be found in carpentry, sawmill, cabinet and furniture-making work environments.
Ideally, wood shops or woodworking environments should be as dust-free as possible. When not controlled, wood dust presents a range of safety issues. The clouds of dust that billow in workshops clog machines and settle on work surfaces, floors, and equipment. Exposure to these conditions creates a higher risk of employee health and safety risks.
Wood dust is associated with eye, nose, and throat irritation, dermatitis, and respiratory system issues including allergic reactions. Wood dust is also recognized as known carcinogens by the U.S. government.
Dust collection systems capture wood dust at the source to quickly remove it before it enters the breathing zones of woodworkers. A proper dust collection system allows air to be drawn from each machine to move air volume and remove wood dust, chips, and other particulate.