Originally Posted by SkiMangoJazz
Thanos, do you think that a wax like the Toko LF Dibloc poses similar concerns, or is the flouro component too low?
SkiMangoJazz, it would be inappropriate for me to comment on another wax brand (I am the owner of Dominator), so my comments apply to all waxes and are based on scientific studies, not blanket safety statements. I pulled the following from my files, it shows the effect of repetitive waxing with HYDROCARBON waxes on lung function. Clearly the person waxing a pair or two of skis has much lower exposure, but where is the harm in using a respirator for the 15 minutes it takes to iron some wax into your skis? I wear a seatbelt and don't expect to get into an accident every time I get into the car, it is a precaution. I must admit to not always using a respirator if i am waxing a pair of skis with hydrocarbon, but when I am the family sherpa (two pair of skis and two snowboards), or I am using a fluorinated wax the respirator is being fully amortized. Here is what the experts found:
for some reason the figures are not showing and when I tried to attach them as photos I was told I did not have permission to post attachments. Be that as it may, the text summarizes what the figures indicate. if somebody has a trick for posting pictures, let me know.
During a study which took place in northern Sweden during February 1989, five ski technicians were monitored medically over a five-day period. Study results were reported in October 1992: ’’Exposure to Ski-Wax Smoke and Health Effects in Ski Waxers,” Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, 7(10), p. 689, October 1992. Their findings are summarized below:
The authors of the study first looked at hydrocarbon wax vapor concentration in the waxroom. Their findings are summarized in Figure 1.
Five minutes after waxing began, hydrocarbon wax vapor concentration in the waxroom exceeded the Occupational Safety and Health Act limit of 2mg/m3. (OSHA is the US agency that monitors workplace safety). In cases where the OSHA limit is exceeded, use of a respirator is mandated.
Figure 2 shows the effect of repetitive waxing on the lung function of one of the five ski technicians monitored during the study. The vertical axis shows lung function; the horizontal axis shows the time elapsed since the start of the five-day monitoring period. The shaded areas (dark bars) on the horizontal axis represent the time during which waxing was taking place.
These results clearly show a reduction in lung function after exposure to ski wax vapor. All five technicians monitored in the study showed a 10 - 25 percent decrease in lung function after five days of waxing. And, although some recovery was observed after the rest periods, the effect appeared to be cumulative for the duration of the test.
THE ABOVE STUDY INDICATED THAT WORKPLACE SAFETY RULES REQUIRE THE USE OF A RESPIRATOR AND NOT USING ONE HAD AN ADVERSE EFFECT ON THE LUNG FUNCTION OF THE WAXERS. LONG TERM EFFECTS WERE NOT REPORTED.
Edited by Thanos K - 1/27/12 at 9:41am