Sawdust: A Threat to Safety and Productivity

By Bill Esler | Posted: 06/06/2013 1:55PM

 

click image to zoomDust CollectionNederman at Ligna 2013 Sawdust is any busy woodshop’s constant concern, a threat to health and safety, but also to productivity. Pulling or blowing sawdust from the cutting blade’s point of contact is as important as keeping ambient dust out of the work room air space. Reducing floating particles in general reduces the likelihood of contamination of finishing activities as well.

At AWFS Fair, two workshops will be presented:

Wed., July 24, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. -Dust Collection 101 for the Small Woodworking Shop. Participants will learn about the basic design and rules of thumb to assist in the specification, operation and maintenance of an effective, efficient and safe dust collection system. Using OSHA’s National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 664 standard as a guide, a general explanation is provided on how to design and operate a system to meet these fire and explosion safety requirements.

A case study will show how the information is utilized in a real world scenario. Participants will understand the health and economic benefits of installing and maintaining a properly designed dust collection system; be able to survey their dust collection requirements and size the capacity of their system; identify the main components of a system and differentiate between the types of filtration and source capture technologies; specify and configure their system to meet the NFPA standards for combustible dust safety; and develop a maintenance program to ensure their system is operating to original design specifications.

Wed., July 24, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 pm. - Combat Combustible Dust
Simply defined, combustible dusts are fine particles that present an explosion hazard when suspended in air under certain conditions, according to OSHA. But it is not a simple matter. This seminar will go into detail explaining exactly what combustible wood dust is and talk about who is in charge of combustible dust issues at the shop level and within government and discuss the applicable voluntary consensus standards. Can it really happen in a woodworking facility? Gain invaluable knowledge on how to prevent an explosion and tips to mitigate an impact of an OSHA inspection related to combustible dust

Underscoring the importance of dust collection, 19 AWFS Fair exhibitors are listed under dust control. From filter bags to flexible hosing and curtains, these companies will present the latest technology in dust collection.

Additional plant maintenance and operation machines and accessories for wood waste handling and recycling will also be on display.

American Fabric Filter Booth 4640

Dynabrade, Inc. Booth 7627

Ecogate, Inc. Booth 9204

Ex-Factory Inc. Booth 9543

Flexaust Company Booth 9123

FS Tool Corp. Booth 8605

General International Mfg. Booth 7346

Goff’s Enterprises Booth 4032

HafcoVac Booth 8540

INMES-USA, Inc. Booth 4863

Laguna Tools Inc. Booth 7512

N.R. Murphy Ltd. Booth 9131

Nederman LLC Booth 9202

Oneida Air Systems Booth 8439

R T Machine Co. Booth 9243

Rikon Power Tools Booth 4817

Scientific Dust Collectors Booth 9529

Weima America Inc. Booth 7909

Woodworker’s Supply Inc. 9318

 

About the Author

Bill Esler, Woodworking Network, WMS

Bill Esler

Bill Esler, Editorial Director, Woodworking Network Bill is responsible for overall content at WoodworkingNetwork.com Woodworking Network magazine, and related newsletters. Bill also manages event programs for Woodworking Network Live conferences at the Woodworking Machinery & Supplies Expo in Toronto and Cabinets & Closets Expo. He developing audience engagement programs using custom digital printing, live lead-generating events, custom websites, and custom digital and print content. Read Bill Esler's woodworking blogs. He can be reached at besler@woodworkingnetwork.com or follow him on Google+.

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