HFBoards

Go Back   HFBoards > General Hockey Discussion > The Rink
Mobile Hockey's Future Become a Sponsor Site Rules Support Forum vBookie Page 2
The Rink For the not so ready for prime-time players, coaches, referees, and the people that have to live with them. Discuss experiences in local leagues, coaching tips, equipment, and training.

Health danger from dust of cut sticks?

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old
12-17-2013, 08:06 AM
  #1
jazzykat
Registered User
 
jazzykat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 270
vCash: 500
Health danger from dust of cut sticks?

After cutting a stick in my office with a hacksaw (quite noisy), I got to wondering if we should bother wearing a cloth mask and/or gloves when cutting our sticks. The average guy is probably going to cut maybe 100-200 sticks in his life which is a pretty small amount of dust compared to all the other stuff in the atmosphere.

Is there anyone with a reasonable medical background, training, or perhaps works a lot with composites that can weigh in on this?

jazzykat is online now   Reply With Quote
Old
12-17-2013, 09:57 AM
  #2
Chau Vo
Hockey's Future Staff
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: San Diego
Posts: 1,059
vCash: 500
You'll be fine.

Chau Vo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
12-17-2013, 10:13 AM
  #3
IceBlacks
Registered User
 
IceBlacks's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Country: Finland
Posts: 70
vCash: 500
Well, in theory the glass and coal fibres aren't good for health. Especially glass fibers are microscopic small pieces of glass which with huge amounts could produce some problems with lungs when inhaled.

It would require several years of continuous dispotion to the dust to cause any damage for health but it would be useful to wear breathing protector. My grandpa used to carry sacks of asbestos in insulation wool factory in the 1950's and that gave him some trouble with lungs and asbestos killed almost all his co-workers within 10-20 years from that. And my grandpa died two years ago.

Glass fibers are far away from that stuff when it comes to health problems.

IceBlacks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
12-17-2013, 10:31 AM
  #4
mikitas donut
Flowers of Antimony
 
mikitas donut's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Northern Illinois
Country: United States
Posts: 1,875
vCash: 500
Seems pretty negligible. Doesn't hurt to wear a mask though. They are pretty cheap.

mikitas donut is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
12-17-2013, 10:38 AM
  #5
Chau Vo
Hockey's Future Staff
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: San Diego
Posts: 1,059
vCash: 500
Unless you're sticking your face right next to your saw and taking deep breaths while cutting your sticks there is not enough composite dust for you to even breathe in. You're not taking away much material when you're sawing off your stick. I machine solid chunks of composite at work all the time.

Chau Vo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
12-17-2013, 05:43 PM
  #6
MattGTI
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Milford
Country: United States
Posts: 227
vCash: 500
Agreed. Wearing mask wouldn't be a horrible idea. However, cutting 1 to 2 sticks at a time isn't making near a negligible amount of harmful dust to do you any harm. Unless you are literally sitting there and inhaling the dust right up through your nose. Even then, while not good for you, it probably isn't doing anything in terms of long term damage.

Most pro shops you go in, if they will cut your stick right there to the length you designate, I have never seen anyone put on a mask.


Last edited by MattGTI: 12-17-2013 at 05:44 PM. Reason: forgot something
MattGTI is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
12-17-2013, 09:28 PM
  #7
MeltingPlastic
Registered User
 
MeltingPlastic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Outside Philly
Posts: 114
vCash: 500
As someone who does fiberglass work for car audio installs etc, i'm not too concerned about cutting sticks. Unless i'm using my highspeed sanders on tons of surface area to smooth out things, that's when I would be concerned and do wear a respirator

MeltingPlastic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
12-17-2013, 09:33 PM
  #8
scryan
Registered User
 
scryan's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Country: United States
Posts: 1,175
vCash: 500
When cutting CF stuff with something like a rotary tool its a pretty good idea to wear a mask.

Something like a hacksaw isn't going to produce much dust for you to inhale.

scryan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
12-18-2013, 02:34 AM
  #9
Lonny Bohonos
Kassian = P.A.G.A.N
 
Lonny Bohonos's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Country: United Nations
Posts: 8,994
vCash: 500
Always wear a mask.

For the sake a a few seconds and a few pennies.

Also always wear eye protection. Again for the sake a few seconds and a few pennies.

Lonny Bohonos is online now   Reply With Quote
Old
12-20-2013, 07:30 PM
  #10
goonx
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 774
vCash: 500
If you're asking people about it, it's enough of a concern put on a mask.

You can get a box of surgical mask to prevent 99% of the particles from going into your respiratory track.

A lot of the particles are large enough so that your mucus will capture and it'll be removed from your body.

A hack saw doesn't produce fine dust-like particles but a circulating saw will so I wouldn't be as worried for a hacksaw.

goonx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
12-28-2013, 05:31 PM
  #11
Stickchecked
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Ottawa, ON
Country: Canada
Posts: 287
vCash: 500
People are right about the negligible amount of dust... However, we have a non-negligible number of modern conveniences that release negligible amounts of bad stuff. Vinyl flooring, exercise balls, paint, dryer sheets, PVC shower curtains, insulation, plastic cookware, the list goes on and on. Sure, taken alone, they are each argued to be safe but taken in the aggregate, I think it's a different story.

I like to reduce the aggregate in whatever way I can.

When I cut my sticks, I do it outside so none of the dust stays in the house. I use a hacksaw and don't worry about a mask.

Stickchecked is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Forum Jump


Bookmarks

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:42 AM.

monitoring_string = "e4251c93e2ba248d29da988d93bf5144"
Contact Us - HFBoards - Archive - Privacy Statement - Terms of Use - Advertise - Top - AdChoices

vBulletin Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
HFBoards.com is a property of CraveOnline Media, LLC, an Evolve Media, LLC company. 2015 All Rights Reserved.