Protect Yourself From Wood Dust
Masks and respirators are the best defense against the most harmful dust
Synopsis: Dust masks and respirators come in dozens of styles and a wide range of prices. Which ones do the best job of protecting your lungs from wood dust? Jeff Miller tested a number of masks and respirators to see which ones are most effective at keeping out the smallest and most dangerous particles–the ones that cause nasal and sinus-cavity irritation, allergies, lung congestion, chronic cough, and cancer. Read this review to find out whether you need to invest a few bucks for a disposable dust mask, or shell out much more for a powered respirator. The answers may surprise you.
From Fine Woodworking #201
Wood dust is a woodworker’s constant companion and a constant threat. It doesn’t take much airborne dust to exceed the exposure limits recommended by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. In fact, you’ll quickly blow past them when machining or sanding wood. Dust…