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Technical Assistance Report No. TA-79-047-825, Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky.

Authors
Salisbury-S
Source
NIOSH 1981 Feb:31 pages
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00113840
Abstract
Environmental samples were analyzed and noise levels were measured at the Department of Art, Murray State University (SIC-8221) in Murray, Kentucky. The survey was conducted at the request of the Physical facility department of the University to assess potential hazards to art students and faculty in the art studios. Surveys were conducted on August 3 and 4, 1979, and from April 20 to April 25, 1980. Respirable free silica (7631869) concentrations from sandblasting equipment in an unventilated painting room were 30 to 50 times greater than the OSHA standard of 10 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/CuM) divided by percentage of silicon-dioxide. Wood dust concentrations in the design materials studio were 29mg/cu m above the OSHA standard of 15mg/cu m due to lack of ventilation. Noise levels in the design materials studio and the ceramics studio varied from 87 to 120 decibels, which exceeded the OSHA permissible limit of 90 decibels. Toluene (108883) and methyl-cellusolve-acetate (51065953) concentrations in the sculpture studio and foundry were high due to lack of ventilation. The author concludes that a hazard exists due to exposure to noise, silica, wood dusts, and solvents in the art department. Recommendations include use of ear and clothing protection, improvement of ventilation and exhaust systems, discontinuance of sand blasting procedures, and installation of an eye wash fountain.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; TA-79-047-825; Hazards-Confirmed; Region-4; Noise-levels; Air-sampling; Organic-solvents; Health-surveys;
CAS No.
7631-86-9; 108-88-3; 51065-95-3;
Publication Date
19810201
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1981
NTIS Accession No.
PB83-105213
NTIS Price
A04
Identifying No.
TA-79-047-825
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
SIC Code
8221;
Source Name
NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 31 pages, 17 references
State
KY;
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