What are the health risks of shaping? Thanks. -mark
Mark - great question. Beyond the obvious of not inhaling fumes and fiberglass dust, you should check out this link below to the toxic substances page of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). A **HUGE** resource. Ironically, any shapers out there who have horror stories about the health effects of shaping are probably not doing it anymore and therefore not reading this forum. Your topic is so important that I've added a category to the resource section and called it "mark's health and safety". Hopefully, you can add some relevant links to it based on your research. Thanks, Swaylock>>> What are the health risks of shaping? Thanks.>>> -mark http://www.osha-slc.gov/SLTC/hazardoustoxicsubstances/index.html
I consider shaping more of a nuance than a health hazard. I wear dust mast and eye sheilds. If you are looking for MSDS's check out www.fiberglasssupply.com MSDS section at http://www.fiberglasssupply.com/Miscellaneous/MSDS/msds.html http://www.viser.net/~anthwind/
I have always feared being around so much dust would be a health hazard. I have noticed that my hair never gets oily, the foam dust must cleanse out the oils. I do wake up and have my nose run for the first hour every day, I wear a resperator always, but to see the air in a surfboard factory or shaping room when a sunbeam happens to filter through. There is a sparkle like diamonds floating about. I know a certain amount filters past my mask and has given me a mild sensitivity that would happen with the inhalationof any dust, at least it isn't asbestos! Other than that I haven't had skin or other health related problems from shaping or any other phase of the industry .