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Document ID (ISN)111669
CIS number 11-0393
Year 2009
Convention or series no. HETA 2007-0167-3078
Author(s) Chen L., Tapp L.
Title Evaluation of exposures in sculpture studios at a college art department
Bibliographic information Publications Dissemination, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), 4676 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45226-2001, USA, Feb. 2009. vi, 23p. 5 ref.
Internet access HETA_2007-0167-3078.pdf [in English]
Abstract NIOSH received a confidential employee request for a health hazard evaluation at Brooklyn College in Brooklyn, New York. The request was to investigate safety and health concerns in the sculpture studios, including the ceramic, woodworking and metalworking studios. Employees were concerned that degenerative nerve damage, lung cancer, sinus problems, allergies and headaches were possibly related to work exposures. NIOSH investigators conducted an initial evaluation that included an opening conference, a tour of the three sculpture studios, observations of work activities, and a review of relevant safety and health documents. They evaluated the ventilation in the studios, collected area and personal breathing zone air samples for volatile organic compounds and welding fumes. All samples showed results at trace levels or well below threshold limit values. However inadequate electrical grounding, machine guarding, and spacing around power tools and machines were observed, together with poor housekeeping practices. A number of recommendations were made.
Descriptors (primary) USA; volatile substances; welding fumes; powder coating; exposure evaluation; public OSH institutions; arts and crafts; educational institutions
Descriptors (secondary) ventilation; housekeeping; limitation of exposure; safe working methods; supply of personal protective equipment; report on investigation; labour inspection; disobeying safety instructions
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Exposure evaluation
Teaching and educational institutions