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Document ID (ISN)111717
CIS number 11-0380
Year 2008
Convention or series no. HETA 2007-0127-3068
Author(s) Chen L., Ramsey J., Brueck S.E.
Title Evaluation of exposures at a pottery shop
Bibliographic information Publications Dissemination, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), 4676 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45226-2001, USA, Aug 2008. vi, 31p. Illus. 17 ref.
Internet access HETA_2007-0127-3068.pdf [in English]
Abstract In 2007, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) received a request for a Health Hazard Evaluation (HHE) from the management of a pottery shop. Although no health symptoms were reported, management was concerned about the potential for employees' long-term exposure to a variety of substances while performing duties at the pottery shop. Exposures of concern included silica from the clay mixing process, elements from mixing dry materials used in the glazes, and volatile organic compounds and gases during kiln firing. Because management requires the use of respirators during clay and glaze mixing, they also requested information on proper respirator use and maintenance. NIOSH staff toured the facility to review work processes, collected personal breathing zone, and area and wipe samples. An ergonomic evaluation of the work processes was also performed. Recommendations include improvements to the ventilation systems, implementing a formal respirator programme, implementing a safety and health training programme, adopting preventive maintenance for the forklift truck and keeping loading dock doors open while using the forklift to prevent the build-up of carbon monoxide.
Descriptors (primary) USA; premises and workplaces; exposure evaluation; personal protective equipment; labour inspection; pottery industry
Descriptors (secondary) carbon monoxide; silica; brick and pottery kilns; fork-lift trucks; maintenance; conditions of work; small enterprises; ventilation systems; safety and health training; limitation of exposure; threshold limit values; public OSH institutions; report
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Materials, glass and ceramics
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Glass, pottery and related materials
Labour inspection