12 Tips for Using a Router Safely December 3, 2013 By Sandor Nagyszalanczy & filed under Blog , Woodworking Safety . Whether used freehand or mounted in a table, a router is possibly the most useful power tool in the woodshop.
Woodworking Dangers. Now to overlook or minimize the importance of hearing, eye, and overall physical safety when dealing with power tools, it is the small stuff—the tiny and easily overlooked wood dust particles—that can cause the most long-term damage.
Woodworking Safety. Breathing sawdust is not healthy; it can be allergenic, toxic and carcinogenic. The sawdust from some imported woods, including teak, is particularly harmful and is know to cause skin rashes and repertory problems several studies have shown that woodworkers have a high rate of nasal cancers.
Overview. Wood dust becomes a potential health problem when wood particles from processes such as sanding and cutting become airborne. Breathing these particles may cause allergic respiratory symptoms, mucosal and non-allergic respiratory symptoms, and cancer. The extent of these hazards and the associated wood types have not
Sample questionnaires for wood dust health surveillance can be found on the wood dust page. The main health risk is occupational asthma caused by inhalation of wood dust. Substances such as wood dusts and resins, solvents, paints, varnishes and strong detergents however, will also damage the skin.
Woodworking machines should be fitted with efficient and well-maintained local exhaust ventilation systems to remove sawdust or chips that are produced. Electric power cords should be above head level or in the floor in such a way that they are not tripping hazards. Keep work area free of clutter, clean, well swept, and well lit.