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Document ID (ISN)59069
CIS number 92-1990
ISSN - Serial title 0731-8898 - Journal of Environmental Pathology, Toxicology and Oncology
Year 1992
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Lucas A.D.
Title Health hazards associated with the cyanotype printing process
Bibliographic information Jan.-Feb. 1992, Vol.11, No.1, p.18-20. 6 ref.
Abstract The U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) conducted a Health Hazard Evaluation for an artist who had reported various symptoms while making handmade quilts. The artist used the cyanotype printing process to transfer photographic prints to fabric. The process utilises potassium dichromate as an optional ingredient which is used to fix the colour and prevent fading. Potassium dichromate is a highly toxic compound; it contains hexavalent chromium (Cr Vl) in a soluble form. Chromic acid mists and chromate dusts (chromium Vl materials) are severe irritants of the naso-pharynx, larynx, lungs, and skin. The artist's work areas were tested for contamination for Cr Vl compounds, although the process had been discontinued 18 months prior to sampling. Some lingering contamination was detected at the workbench, washbasin, and on implements. The recommendations made to the artist included decontamination instructions and medical advice.
Descriptors (primary) printing and duplicating; irritants; arts and crafts; symptoms; chromic acid; contamination; potassium dichromate; chromium and compounds; health hazards
Descriptors (secondary) pharynx; lung; case study; sampling and analysis; skin; occupational hygiene evaluation; textile printing
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Other industries and occupations
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Printing, photography and photocopying industry
Inorganic substances