Thread: Cutting carbon
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Old 05-01-13, 06:04 PM
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The issue with cutting carbon is inhaled dust. This is a real concern when using power tools, but far less so when cutting stuff with a hacksaw. Saw dust is coarser and heavier that the fine dust that grinding creates. Once the dust settles to the floor it likely stays there, and isn't raised high enough to breathe (except if you're a dog) so of little concern. Normal good housekeeping manages it fine.

Also consider that standard industrial protocols are designed for workplaces where stuff is done all day, every day or at least fairly routinely. For a bike shop that cuts a fork now and then the total exposure is far less, so the risk to health is likewise lower.
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