Inhalation Fever and the Lack of Proper PPE

Inhalation fever is an acute flu-like illness that begins four to eight hours after heavy exposure to the causative dust or mist.  Some symptoms include but are not limited to chest tightness, cough, fever, headache, leukocytosis, myalgia, and rhinitis.  These symptoms generally resolve between 24 and 48 hours later. There are many hazardous agents that cause this disease: copper, cotton dust, diethyl zinc, endotoxins, grain dust, magnesium, magnesium oxide, polytetrafluoroethylene, and zinc oxide. 

Should I Wear a Respirator While Woodworking?

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The long answer is it depends on exactly what you are doing and how much you value your respiratory system.  Our respiratory system does a pretty good job of filtering out larger particles such as wood chips.  It's a completely different story when it comes to fine particles barely visible to the naked eye or even not visible at all.  Over time, these fine particles can cause various health problems ranging from allergies all the way to cancer.

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