Cabinetmakers & Bench Carpenters

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Cabinetmakers & Bench Carpenters
Cut, shape, and assemble wooden articles or set up and operate a variety of woodworking machines such as power saws, jointers, and mortisers to surface, cut, or shape lumber or to fabricate parts for wood products. Exclude workers primarily concerned with one or a limited number of machine phases and report them according to their specialty. [SOC] Nasal sinus cancer is a sentinel health event (occupational) associated with exposure to hardwood dusts. This association was established in epidemiological studies of woodworkers, cabinet and furniture makers working in high concentrations of dust present in workplaces in the past. For example, seventy percent of patients with sinonasal adenocarcinoma reported in Denmark between 1965 and 1974 had worked for many years in wood-working jobs. [Skov T, Mikkelsen S, Svane O, Lynge E. Reporting of occupational cancer in Denmark. Scand J Work Environ Health 1990;16:401-5] The incidence of allergic contact dermatitis in cabinet makers is unknown, but it is thought to be rare. Allergenic species include Pao ferro, Brazilian rosewood, Brazilian box tree, and teak. The rash often has an "airborne contact dermatitis" distribution, i.e., it affects the face, neck, chest, armpits, waist, and groin areas. [Kanerva, p. 854]
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