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Technical Assistance Report No. TA-79-047-825, Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, TA 79-047-825, 1981 Feb; :1-31
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.
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