Wood industry supports wood dust reviewWASHINGTON --

The Inter-Industry Wood Dust Coordinating Committee (IWDCC) is urging the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) to restore wood dust to its Under Study List.

The IWDCC sent a letter June 1 urging ACGIH to conduct a thorough review and evaluation of the current wood dust literature.

"Now that wood dust has been restored to the list, we strongly encourage ACGIH to move forward with a thorough review and evaluation of the current wood dust literature, and to follow with a release of updated draft documentation. Studies published since the 2005 update should aid in establishing science-based recommended TLVs for wood dusts. Such studies include the 2008 published Tulane longitudinal study of wood workers, the largest study of its kind, which was sponsored by the IWDCC. Other published research includes studies on sampling methods for wood dust, occupational exposure measurements, as well as other health-based research."

Wood dust is classified as a known human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. It is currently regulated in the workplace as a nuisance dust by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The IWDCC is made up of several wood related trade associations, including American Forest & Paper Association, American Home Furnishings Alliance, American Plywood Association,  American Wood Council, Composite Panel Association, Hardwood Plywood and Veneer Association, Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association and Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America.

Posted by Rich Christianson

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