Whether for a large company or weekend garage, dust extraction is more than a luxury. In this article, we'll explain the importance of dealing with dust in joinery and help you develop a dust control strategy that really works. You can now get dust collection equipment with accurate KST value from professionals. 

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Why is dust collection important?

Research on the health effects of long-term exposure to workshop dust continues. In the debate about the seriousness of the health risks associated with exposure to wood dust, one thing seems commonplace: the risks are real. 

A quick search of the Internet reveals hundreds of sources of information on the health effects of exposure to carpenter dust, including widely recognized organizations such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Here's an introductory quote on wood dust and its health:

"Wood dust becomes a potential health problem when wood particles are released into the air from processes such as milling and cutting. Inhalation of these particles can cause allergic respiratory symptoms, mucoid and non-allergic respiratory symptoms, and cancer…"

Dust and debris in carpentry workshops are also a physical hazard. In very small shops, "collecting dust" means breaking brooms and pans for a few minutes at the end of the day. But during work sessions, too many carpenters routinely scramble over piles of chips pushed from the thickness or stand on a slick rug of sawdust as they shovel the last plank on their desk in huge piles. But it only took a second before slipping into a pile of rubble or tripping over and ending up with an injury that kept him out of the store for a long time.