Muza Sheet Metal Co. has been designing, fabricating and installing dust collection systems for the wood industry since 1928. Dust collection in the wood working and paper industries has been a very important part of our business. Muza Sheet Metal Co., LLC. believes in the “Customer First” attitude both, today and for the future of the company’s customers. Here are some important reasons to have an efficient dust collection system:
Research identifies the health consequences of long-term exposure to woodworking dust. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) used this warning in its introduction to the topic of Wood Dust and Health:
“Exposure to wood dust has long been associated with a variety of adverse health effects, including dermatitis, allergic respiratory effects, mucosal and non-allergic respiratory effects and some forms of cancer.”
In many shops, “dust collection” means breaking out a broom and dust pan at the end of the day. Too many woodworkers spend years climbing over wood shavings or standing on a slippery carpet of sawdust while they push the last couple of boards through their table saw.
It’s easy to put off clearing away a hazardous mess when you’re busy working. You know that it only takes a second to slip or stumble over a pile of debris. You can end up with an injury that could keep you out of the shop for a long time. Dust Collection keeps your shop safe and clear of debris. This helps you concentrate on your work. Now that is important!
Not only will you have an easier time finding and getting to things in your shop, you’ll spend more time woodworking and less time picking up dust.
Controlling Two Kinds of Dust
The dust a wood shop produces is divided into two general categories: (1) Large Dust Particles, such as chips and shavings, and (2) fine wood dust. These two kinds of dust require very different strategies for adequate control, which sufficient dust collection maintenance is recommended for both in order to avoid hazards in the workplace.