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Researchers find no pulmonary effects from wood dust exposure.

TULANE, MS -- A six-year study of 1,164 workers employed in wood products manufacturing found no pulmonary effects related to wood dust exposure.

The $1.9 million study, conducted by the Tulane University Medical Center on behalf of 19 trade associations, examined the nonmalignant respiratory effects of wood dust. The longitudinal study involved workers at 10 wood products facilities. It "was designed to investigate possible correlations between annual change in worker pulmonary health and concurrent airborne exposures in the industrial wood-processing workplace."

The 39-page final report summarizes the results of the study, including comparing and contrasting results at the diverse plants, which included sawmill, plywood, furniture, kitchen cabinet and millwork facilities. The report also includes researchers' recommendations for follow-up research studies.
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Title Annotation:TRENDS & NEWS
Publication:Wood & Wood Products
Date:Nov 1, 2005
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