Research Study Reveals No Impact of Wood Dust on Factory Workers

WASHINGTON, DC — A long-term research study into the potential respiratory effects of working in the cabinet manufacturing and woodworking industries has concluded that there was no statistically significant adverse effects from exposure to wood dust on workers at the factories tested.

The results of the study, made public last month, spell “good news for our employees and our industry,” commented Sharon Kneiss, v.p./regulatory affairs for the Washington, DC-based American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA).

The six-year, $1.9-million study was commissioned by the AF&PA and 18 other trade associations, including the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association (KCMA). The study, which was carried out by the Tulane University Medical Center, was conducted among more than 1,100 employees from 10 U.S. factories, including a trio of cabinet manufacturing facilities, according to the Reston, VA-based KCMA.

“The results [of this research study] will aid in the development of a sound, scientific basis for safe wood dust exposure levels, and also ensure the continued health and safety of our industry workers,” KCMA executive v.p. Dick Titus stressed.