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The Health Effects of Improper Ventilation

Updated: Mar 8, 2022

Taking deep breaths is conducive to your health. For many factory and woodshop workers, however, it might not be as simple as that. How come? Their workplaces could actually be a health hazard for them if the ventilation system doesn't provide them with adequate and clean air every time they inhale.

So, let's take a closer look at the health effects that improper ventilation has on workers in factories or woodworking spaces.

Increased Risk of Cancer

Wood is one of the most common materials that can be found in any factory, and in the process of sanding or cutting it, particles can enter the air and form wood dust. It's imperative for factory workers, especially those in the woodworking industry, to avoid inhaling wood dust as much as possible.

As we've previously shared in our post on 'Wood Dust - Cancer & Other Health Effects', wood dust is a human carcinogen — in other words, it causes cancer. To reduce the risk of developing lung cancer or nasal cavity and paranasal sinus cancers, local exhaust ventilation like our Dust Collection Control System must be set in place to prevent workers from breathing in harmful wood dust. Installing dust collection technology is your best bet to eradicate hazardous elements in the air, which in turn will provide your employees with an improved and healthier workspace.

Exposure to Bacterial and Mold Growth

Poor indoor ventilation, when combined with low humidity, can cause dry skin, a dry throat, and static electricity. On the other hand, poor indoor ventilation with excessive humidity — the main cause of condensation — can promote the growth of bacteria and mold. Though a common problem in homes and restrooms, mold can also quickly grow in factories and workspace environments with high humidity and poor ventilation.