Health Hazards in Woodworking
Simple precautions minimize risks
Woodworkers are often already aware of the common hazards of the craft, but what they may be missing are hidden dangers in woodworking. These include wood dust, sap and oils, mold and fungus, chemical additives, toxic solvents and adhesives, vibration, and noise.
This article, originally published in the Winter 1977 issue of Fine Woodworking describes respiratory ailments, skin irritations, allergies, toxic woods, vibration disease, noise damage, fire hazards, preventive measures, and information campaigns that strive to educate craftsmen of these dangers.
Health hazards in woodworking
Industrial woodworkers have long recognized the risks of their trade. But it has been only in the past few years that artists and craftsmen have become concerned about—or even aware of— the many hidden dangers in woodworking.
Of course everyone recognizes those hazards that cause immediate and traumatic injury–blades that cut fingers and limbs, wood chips and fragments that fly into eyes, loose clothing or long…