Wood Dust Extraction

Where do you require a wood dust extraction solution?

Wood Dust Extraction works by removing potentially harmful wood dust from the air and workplace. Our dust unit range offers wood dust extraction for many dust types including softwood, hardwood, MDF and chipboard. There are dust units available, suited to coarse and fine dust and for large and small volumes of wood dust.

Air Plants wood dust extraction products include baghouse and cyclone filters which offer internal and external wood dust extraction solutions for various application sizes. As well as wood dust extraction, Air Plants also provide waste to energy solutions such as those featured in our wood waste heating range.

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Wood Dust Extraction

All wood dust should be considered potentially hazardous, this includes hard and soft wood dust. Most dust we breathe in is filtered out in the nasal passages, however, very fine dust is able to travel to our lungs. Wood Dust can also contain bacteria and fungal and moss sores.

Wood dust is also hazardous due to the fact it is flammable and, in some situations, can cause a fire or explosion. Read more about wood dust on the Health and Safety Executive website.

Common activities that are likely to produce high volumes of wood dust include; machining operations such as sawing, routing and turning. Sanding by machine or hand, using compressed airlines to blow away excess dust and processing fibreboards such as MDF.

Controlling wood dust in the workplace contributes greatly to a safer working environment. Wood dust extraction reduces the risks to health and the risk of fire and explosion, it can limit time spent on clearing up, prevent slips and trips caused by settled dust and help to maintain the efficiency of machinery.

The potential risk to health caused by wood dust means that it is covered by Control of Substances Hazardous to Health 2002 (COSHH) Statutory Regulations that stipulate how employers should protect employees and others in the workplace from the hazards of substances such as wood dust.

An extremely effective way of controlling wood dust is through a wood dust extraction system. A Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) system, comprising of ducting, filter and fanset. Essentially, an LEV system captures wood dust by means of hoods which are placed around the application. The airflow, induced by the fanset then carries the dust through ducting to the filter which removes the dust from the air. One LEV system can provide dust extraction for multiple machines. Getting the right LEV system for your workplace is paramount. For more information watch a video or visit the Health and Safety Executive website.

General requirements are set out for risk assessment, monitoring, control of exposure and preventing and reducing harm to health. C.O.S.H.H legislation states it is mandatory that LEV systems are tested at least every 14 months to verify that dust in air levels, stipulated in EH40/2005 Workplace exposure limits are maintained.

Airplants offer a full COSHH assessment, LEV Testing and dust monitoring service of all LEV systems. We are also able to offer a regular periodic maintenance service on all types of dust extraction equipment.

The Air Plants team are here to advise and support you in finding the most effective and safest wood dust extraction solution for extracting and disposing of wood dust and waste in your workplace.