Published on 26 February 2021
It’s easy to assume that any kind of sanding is safe regardless of the size of the job at hand. However, did you know that dust could do you some serious harm? You may already have heard that crystalline dust, in particular, can lead to lung damage later in life. Unfortunately, the same can apply to wood dust, and if you are sanding on a large scale, then you may find it’s time to invest in a dust-free sander for your health.
Dust-free sanding more or less does what its name suggests – it offers you the power and benefits of sanding without you having to worry about the dispersal of dust. A dust-free sander will pick up dust particles that would normally spread into the air via a sealed container or bag, which you can then safely dispose of at a later date.
Dust-free sanding is remarkably easy. Rather than simply applying a traditional sander or sanding tool to the wood, you’d set up a dust-free model that catches anything likely to come flying out. If you are new to woodworking or are unsure of why dust is such a potential threat either at home or in the workplace, you’re going to need to start looking into dust-free sander technology for the future.
A dust-free sander is ideal for making sure that you and anyone you are working with is protected at all times. Even if you are only working on one or two projects, or if you have only a few short sanding jobs to do, it is never a good idea to underestimate how much of a hazard sanding can be.
Inhaled dust can lead to lung damage and even cell necrosis in the long term. It’s recommended in UK health and safety guidelines that you have provisions to safely collect and remove dust. This applies to working with wood as much as it applies to working with silica, one of the most dangerous materials to disperse via particles.
Dust-free sanding makes sure that you keep your duty of care to your team and your public in clear sight at all times. Dust clouds may not seem like the most harmful elements in the workplace, but they can potentially cause lung damage.
Dust-free sanding comes in various forms, though sander equipment with sealed containers or bags attached tends to be some of the most popular and accessible options.
As well as making sure you use a dust-free sander while woodworking, you should also invest in proper ventilation, and wear eye and face protection at all times.
We want to ensure that dust-free sanding is a mainstream choice – not only that, but the default choice for all sanding jobs moving forward. You can never be too careful – but at the same time, there’s never any need to panic!
If you would like to find out more about how we can help you, please feel free to get in touch with our friendly team on 0208 427 6604 or head over to our contact page for more details.
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