People who work with woodworking or fiberglass can be exposed to many serious health risks which involve the breathing in of dust and other microscopic or bigger debris. This is serious business. To breathe in any type of particles puts strain on your lungs and decreases your ability to breathe properly and to have proper cardiovascular health. The best thing to do to decrease your exposure to these dangerous materials is to install a dust collector on your power tools or have a dust collection ventilation system in your woodshop or work area. Without one you can put yourself up for some serious consequences.
Dust collection can be applied in several different kinds of venues around your woodshop. Dust collection apparatus can be secured to power tools such as a saw or sander where the dust is collected right when it occurs. Some dust collection apparatus consists of cheese cloth bags attached to your tools or there are custom built dust collectors that will either fit on your power tool or sets independently near the work area to suck up dust or minute matter that would otherwise get into your lungs and harm your health. No matter what you are doing in the workshop, you need to have some kind of dust collection device.
Dust collection ventilation systems can be installed for the overall protection from dust for your entire workshop. Not only does these mammoth machines suck dust out of the air as you work, but you can sweep the sawdust and other material into the machine at designated ports around your shop. Just a quick sweep with a wide broom and your floor and air will be clean and safe. These larger dust collection machines are pricey, but if you are a commercial shop or if you have a large volume of dust accompanying your work, then this is a must for the serious wood working shop.
If you have a small wood working shop and you want to go commercial and hire workers, then you, according to OSHA, have to upgrade your dust collection equipment. The health of your workers and the prosperity of your business are pertinent to your success as a work shop owner. With the proper dust collection equipment even your insurance will go down if you provide insurance to your workers. It is a win-win situation to have this equipment installed and operating while your wood shop is in business. Without it you could set yourself up for legal problems and health problems down the road.
No matter if you are a weekend wood working warrior or a wood working business, you have to have dust collectors in place to save your health and even the environment. Dust from your wood shop could contaminate the local air with in particulate matter that will add to the dust from the road and neighborhood to contaminate the air and make you and your neighbors less healthy than you should be. At least wear a dust mask when working on wood and when you can afford it, purchase dust collectors.