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Goodmorning,

I finally had a chance to rent a small room for my ameteurish woodworking life. I have to admit that the room I have is quite lousy, but it was the best I could afford.

The problem is that the area is quite polluted. Not only from wood dust, finish solvents, but also from cars polluting inside. So, in short, the air inside of the room for different reasons is quite unsafe to breath.

Since I am an amateur, I do not spend a lot of time inside my shop. So one thing I can do, is simply wear a vapor/dust mask all the time. It is a bit unconfortable but doable. Other than this, what would you advice? Something like this is adequate?:

http://www.axminster.co.uk/trend-airshie...

or better this?

http://www.axminster.co.uk/jet-afs-500-a...


Any advice much appreciated. Thank you Enrico
 

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Here is my take:

Wood dust can be dealt with by wearing a good face mask, something like this:



Some of those are rated to deal with finishes and solvents as well, some are not.

But automobile exhaust will kill you, and while you can filter some of it (particulates, mostly), you can't filter carbon monoxide; it just doesn't work. And exposure to CO, even at levels that won't kill you, can cause long term damage if you breath it at moderate concentrations often enough.

As much as I'd hate to say it, I'd stop working in there. Find a way to afford a better place, or find a way to work at home, but don't work in a shop that's going to cause you major health problems for the rest of your life.
 

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Thanks all. First of all the links (hopefully working):
http://www.axminster.co.uk/trend-airshield-pro
http://www.axminster.co.uk/jet-afs-500-air-filtration-system

one is the trend airshield, the other is an air filtration system.

I am from Rome, Italy.

To George: I freely rented this unhealthy space because the healthy ones are too expensive for me. I cannot afford them. What would you do to make it a bit safer to breath in there?
Thanks Enrico
As an add-on to my earlier response: The first thing you posted, the air filtration system, will help with dust, and to a very limited degree with solvents. The second will help somewhat with dust, but may or may not protect against anything else, depending on the filters they use. It doesn't mention solvents, so I would expect it doesn't do much good against them.

Both of those are intended for protection against large-scale particles: dust, and things like that. You want something that protects down to a much smaller scale to protect against vapors, and there's nothing but a self-contained air supply that will protect you fully from auto exhaust.
 

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Let me clarify. My workplace would be unhealthy for two major reasons: one is wood dust produced by myself. I don't have an adequate equipment for dust collection. The second reason is that there are cars nearby producing gases. Not that bad
 
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