You can't make this shit up.
"[UK] Carpenters and woodworkers have been told not to use brooms to sweep
up sawdust because they are considered dangerous under 'ridiculous' new
health and safety guidelines. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) claims
that sweeping up wood chippings in dusty workplaces can provoke asthma
attacks and long term exposure lead to nose cancer."
I know I developed asthma after working with wood for several years. There
maybe something to this.
Neither wood nor jute cause asthma. Wood, jute, or just about anything else
can cause an asthma ATTACK, but are not the underlying causes. In this
regard, asthma is similar to an allergy. Asthma, or more specifically, the
sensitivity to certain things is entirely genetic.
I'm not an MD, but I am an allergy sufferer. A woodworker getting an
attack from the dust of clean new wood is pretty rare, but any heavy
intake of dust can cause problems. In the case of the gutted Lincoln,
I'd bet the actual allergen was the stuff LIVING IN the sound deadening,
not the material itself. The hidden areas of a car get damp on a regular
basis. Warm dark damp spaces are where all sorts of common allergens
like to breed.
That's true. Things ingested into the lungs cannot be flushed out. Think
asbestos. If one is allergic to something and it gets into the lungs and
does not dissipate by itself, it could cause cancer or permanent medical
problems, like asthma.
that isn't correct. things of a certain size or certain configuration
(asbestos has small hooks that dig in so the fibers won't move, for example)
can't be flushed out; things larger can be flushed out of normal, correctly
My wife is always after me to wear a respirator when I'm working in the
One reason the HSE maybe suggesting to use vacuum cleaners is that everyone
in the area would have to wear a respirator.
Another reason maybe that even after the sawdust has been swept up some
would still remain in the air.
Still....good advice on your part.
Does anyone still use brooms anymore? Most contractors I know use
either a Shop-Vac or something that looks like the offspring of an old
Kirby and an Electrolux, all on a little rolling cart. (I forget what
the actual name of that product is, but it does work well.)
replace "roosters" with "cox" to reply.
Since we aren't really sure what causes cancer (and we know that a lot
of cancers are related to long term exposure to irritants) it really
isn't a good idea to be constantly exposed to irritants. The article was
about a commercial operations not someone sweeping up sawdust after they
built a birdhouse.
Also it would be quite unusual to see a commercial shop in the US that
didn't have a vacuum collection system in place.
1. New law says shopkeepers must sweep sidewalks in front of their shops.
2. It is against law for non-union people to sweep sidewalks.
I don't know about vacuuming...
You may laugh, but I invented a device that could cut the number of
municipal works in half !
The device was essentially a bipod that clamps on to the handle of a shovel
My invention's purpose was to keep the tool in an upright position, thereby
removing the necessity for hourly workers to stand around a hole being dug.
My city councilman didn't think it was a good idea at all.
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