Wood Dust

Wood dust extraction is an essential requirement to protect the health of people using wood working machinery or who work in environments where wood dust is present.

Wood dust is a common but dangerous workplace hazard not to be overlooked in the workplace. The variety of woods and treatments make it an unpredictable contaminant that requires Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) in order to create a safe environment for workers.

Hardwood dusts in particular are a known carcinogen and exposure should be reduced as far as is reasonably practical – with the legal Work Exposure Limit (WEL) being 5mg/m3.

The latest information sheet from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is available to download to the right of this page. This document outlines the dangers of wood dusts on worker health.

Wood dust is known to cause irritation to the skin, lungs and eyes of workers. When wood is treated, or when spores, fungus or mould are present in the layers of the wood, the wood becomes more dangerous to the worker processing it. The lightest, smallest particles of dust created when cutting or shaping wood are also the most dangerous to the worker. These tiny particles can enter the pores of the skin or deep into the layers of the lungs. This can cause irritations, asthma, rhinitis and cancer.

Several solutions are available to combat wood dusts created in workshops and factories. AES specialist in a wide variety of systems that keep workers and workplaces clean and safe.
The systems we can design, supply and install range from stand-alone extraction units to large centralised systems with ducting to connect multiple woodworking machine simultaneously.

Our signature C-VAC system also gives users the ability to clean floors, workbenches and tools within the workshop by means of vacuum suction. This removes the need to dry brush or use compressed air to clean a workshop – practices which are strongly advised against, as they simply spread the dust in a dangerous fashion.

As some dusts are explosive when sparks or heat are introduced into a system, AES can design and provide systems which fully comply with the ATEX European Directive for explosive dusts. These systems can extract dust safely, with means in place to control explosions or ignitions within the system.

AES have previously installed wood dust control systems in over 250 schools and technical colleges. Our C-VAC system is the only centralised vacuum system in the UK specifically designed for the control of wood dust, as is recommended as the gold standard in wood dust control by the HSE.
We have also installed and designed hundreds of systems for commercial needs, including production facilities, wood processing plants and specialist workshops.

If you are looking to have a wood dust extraction system designed or installed for your workshop, or would like more information on wood dust extraction, call us on 0800 032 0895 or email on the address above.

If you would like to make instant purchase of a portable wood dust extraction system for quick dispatch, then click below to be taken to our range of wood dust extraction units on our webshop.