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Technical assistance report no. TA-76-92, Harpers Ferry Center Museum Laboratory, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, TA 76-92, 1977 Nov; :1-9
In response to a request from the acting Associate Director of Park Systems Management of the National Park Service, a study was made of possible worker exposure to chemicals used in the restoration of artifacts at the Harpers Ferry Center Museum Laboratory, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. Personal and area air samples were evaluated for Stoddard solvent (8052413), toluene (108883), acetone (67641), tetrahydrofuran (109999), 2-ethoxyethanol (110805), ethylene-oxide (75218), and p-dichlorobenzene (106467). All of the levels determined were found to be significantly below the respective environmental criteria. Two workers indicated they had had headaches from time to time due to solvent exposure. The author concludes that workers involved in artifact restoration were not exposed to toxic concentrations of these substances at the time of the survey. The author recommends that employees be educated as to the hazards of the materials with which they are working so that good work practices would be followed and first aid procedures taught. The ventilation system should be regularly serviced to insure maximum operating capacity and the current practice of storing food and beverages inside the ventilated hood should be discontinued.
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