Wood Waste and Dust Extraction – are your employees protected?

Wood Dust

“Wood dust can cause serious health problems. It can cause asthma, which carpenters and joiners are four times more likely to get compared with other UK workers.

The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002 require that you protect workers from the hazards of wood dust.  Hardwood dust can cause cancer, particularly of the nose. Settled dust contains the fine particles that are most likely to damage the lungs.”

www.HSE.gov.uk

Whenever woodworking is taking place, wood waste and saw extraction systems are, by most standards, necessary. The latest Waste Extraction Units are available from Mccarthy Environmental, suitable for an array of environments.

Grinding Dust

Grinding dust can be very detrimental to a person’s health, as processes like angle grinding, metalwork, welding and moulding produce a substancial amount of the hazardous waste. Metals such as stainless steel or beryllium, or parts used in nuclear systems tend to be the most prone to generating dangerous grinding dust when a power tool, like that of an angle grinder, is implemented upon them.

Depending on the nature of the work being initiated, we strive to provide a beneficial solution to extracting any grinding dust, so that is will be cost effective and practical.

Soldering and Brazing Fumes

Soldering and Brazing are used to attach components together. In the case of soldering a typical example would be soldering components onto a circuit board (including flow solder machines), with plumbing workshops often using brazing to join copper pipes together.

Solder is used in both soldering and brazing and it is the chemicals in these solder fumes (Rosin) that can cause particular health problems – in particular Rosin is harmful to unborn babies and can cause asthma in adults.

At Mccarthy Environmental we can help you protect your employees by the installation of appropriate soldering fume extraction systems.

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