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Wood Dust in the News

Posted on April 16, 2013
by Wendy Stackhouse
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We have written here on the AirTek blog before about the dangers of wood dust:

“Why is wood dust so dangerous?

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):

Breathing these particles may cause allergic respiratory symptoms, mucosal and non-allergic respiratory symptoms, and cancer.

Is that bad enough?”

Last week, we learned of a wood recycling plant in the UK that may have been letting wood dust enter the environment, endangering the lives and health of people in the area, the risks possibly rivaling those of asbestos, a known carcinogen.

Thankfully, my husband seems to have recovered from his experience inhaling wood dust while working on our son’s Pinewood Derby car for Cub Scouts a couple of years ago, but I will be looking out for health issues in future years.

Recycling in general is a good thing and we all hope that there will be more uses for biomass that would otherwise go into landfills. Not letting any wood go to waste is also an admirable goal. But the possibility always exists that we could do more harm than good if we are not careful. We will be watching this story. Check back!

Wendy Stackhouse is the Online Community Manager for AirTek Indoor Air Solutions and our affiliate Alliance Environmental Group. We welcome your comments! For more news and tips or to ask questions of our experts, Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter! For updates on environmental services like mold remediation, lead removal and pest control including bed bugs, Like us at Alliance Environmental on Facebook or follow Alliance on Twitter!

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