Inconvenient truths

Wood dust and other hazards

Compounds surround us that, if handled incorrectly, can do us harm, even kill.

Wood dust, alcohol, diesel exhaust and even salted fish can, without the proper safety measures, cause cancer.

These, other household items, and furniture manufacture, shoe repair and steel and iron foundries, are all on the World Health Organisation (WHO) hazard list of Type 1 Carcinogens.

Chrysotile is on the warning list.

But the WHO does not suggest that these items should be banned, only that proper care should be taken in handling them.