Wood dust: understanding the risk correctly

Today, workers exposed to wood dust benefit from a regulatory framework to protect their health as much as possible. Indeed, an occupational exposure limit value (OEL) has been established, or 1 mg/m3 over 8 working hours. Compliance with this OEL represents a major objective for companies and it is important to do everything possible to achieve it. This is why the experts at the FCBA Technological Institute have developed tools to assist you in your risk assessment process and the measures to be taken.

Making an effective diagnosis


In order to better understand the risk of wood dust in your company, FCBA specialists are here to assist you and help you identify the most at-risk positions
and what actions should be prioritised.


FCBA’s specialists have acquired solid experience over the years, based on numerous studies, and are able to assist you throughout the diagnostic process:

  • Identification of the most emissive processes in the establishment
  • Analysis of prevention measures (material, organisational, human) and recommendations
  • Interpretation of existing regulatory measurement results
  • Ranking of relative dust levels in the processes by in situ measurements using a direct reading device
  • Identification of priority workstations to be treated and actions to be taken
  • Advice on optimising the situation before regulatory measurements: proposal on sampling strategy, interpretation of results and deduction of areas for improvement…
  • All wood processing companies
  • Companies processing wood chips or wood waste (waste management, biomass energy sectors)

2016-2019 – Progress approach to reducing exposure to WOOD DUST
2019 – Wood dust technical day organised in partnership with OPPBTP
2017-2019 – Comparative study on the emissivity of wood dust from electroportable circular saws for wood cutting

To go further

Controlling the risk of wood dust

Our experts are able to train you on the issues related to wood dust so that you are able to :

  • Understand the health issues related to the risk of wood dust
  • Know how to limit employee exposure to wood dust and thus reduce the risk of occupational diseases