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Document ID (ISN)48887
CIS number 88-258
Year 1985
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Holliday M.G., Dranitsaris P., Strahlendorf P.W., Contala A., Engelhardt J.J.
Title Wood dust exposure in Ontario industry: the occupational health aspects
Bibliographic information Ontario Ministry of Labour Library, 400 University Avenue, 10th Floor, Toronto, Ontario M7A 1T7, Canada, 1985. Vol.1: 171p. Illus. 137 ref.; Vol.2: 133p. Illus.
Abstract This report is based on contacts, a questionnaire survey, industrial hygiene surveys and a literature review. The physical processes leading to wood dust in the workplace atmosphere and the chemical composition of the dust are discussed. A synopsis of potential health hazards faced by workers in the wood products industry is presented. The control measures (engineering and work-practice) by which worker exposure may be reduced are discussed. Estimates of the numbers of workers who are exposed to wood dust and of the concentrations to which they are exposed are given. The attitudes of management and labour representatives, and of the scientific and occupational-health communities are presented. Regulatory control options available to the government are discussed and compared with regulatory approaches adopted by other jurisdictions. The report concludes with suggestions for further research into wood-dust toxicity and for programmes aimed at reducing exposure.
Descriptors (primary) wood dust; Canada; Ontario; woodworking industry; respirable dust; hazard evaluation; wood and wood products
Descriptors (secondary) literature survey; dust control; report; exposure evaluation; legislation; occupational hygiene evaluation; chemical hazards; biological hazards; biological effects; questionnaire survey
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Subject(s) Dust, aerosols and related diseases
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Risk evaluation
Woodworking industry
Lumber and the woodworking industry