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Dangerous wood chip???

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Very interesting - I have never had a chipper, though many customers have approached me asking for chip.  What is the method to avoid the problem?  Or is it just a fact of life that handling large quantities of woodchip that has been hanging around is a dodgy business?

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I think it's a bit like a bee sting; for most of us, most of the time, it's just a slight irritation, but if you are susceptible it can cause you real problems. Obviously quantity breathed in is also relevant. 

 

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We (groups of parents) shovel it by hand every month or so at school and sometimes it is dry and mouldy.  Never had a problem so I guess it depends if you are already susceptible and how much you breath in.  I always stand back from the dust when this happens but you can't avoid breathing some of it.

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Wood dust and fungal spores can both be harmful with some types of wood worse than others also the amount of fungal spores will vary depending on various factors, it would be wise to wear a P2 or P3 mask when shovelling wood chip as a precaution.

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