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October 2023 Occupational Health Watch

New Video about Wood Dust and Work-Related Asthma

Working with wood safely is important. This includes protecting workers’ lungs from wood dust since it can cause or trigger work-related asthma. Wood dust is created by many types of tasks, and it can be breathed in if it gets into the air. Carpenters, floor finishers, cabinet makers, loggers, wood shop teachers, and artists are examples of workers who can be exposed.

The Work-Related Asthma Prevention Program (WRAPP) of the California Department of Public Health has found nearly 140 people in a variety of work settings who link their work-related asthma to wood dust. We produced this bilingual video – English and Spanish – of two workers telling their own stories about working with wood and the importance of preventing exposure to the dust created by the tasks they perform every day. ​

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