|Document ID (ISN)||59069|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0731-8898 - Journal of Environmental Pathology, Toxicology and Oncology
|Convention or series no.
||Health hazards associated with the cyanotype printing process
||Jan.-Feb. 1992, Vol.11, No.1, p.18-20. 6 ref.
||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.
||printing and duplicating; irritants; arts and crafts; symptoms; chromic acid; contamination; potassium dichromate; chromium and compounds; health hazards
||pharynx; lung; case study; sampling and analysis; skin; occupational hygiene evaluation; textile printing
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||USA|
||Other industries and occupations
|Broad subject area(s)
||Printing, photography and photocopying industry