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Technical assistance report no. TA-77-68, McDaniel Art Studio, Cincinnati, Ohio.
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 77-68, 1978 Jun; :1-11
In response to a request from the McDaniel Art Studio, located in Cincinnati, Ohio, an investigation was made of possible hazardous working conditions at the site, specifically the exposure to dust during sculpturing. Air sampling revealed potential dust exposures as high as 50mg/m3 of total dust while using a powered disc grinder to sculpt. The sculpting process involved grinding with a 6 inch electric disc grinder or using such hand tools as files and chisels. The sculptor used primarily limestone, marble, talc, and onyx, working about 6 hours per day. The talc (14807966) sculpting stone showed the presence of asbestos (1332214) on bulk analysis. The sculptor wore safety glasses with side shields and an appropriate, approved respirator. An industrial vacuum cleaner was used for dust cleanup. The author recommends that the sculptor continue to use the NIOSH approved respirator and that, if possible, the disc grinder not be used on potential asbestos sources such as serpentine (50555) and talc. Wet working of the stone would reduce the dust levels significantly. Several precautionary measures are listed from a publication dealing the health risks associated with common art and hobby materials.
NIOSH-Author; TA-77-68; Region-5; Dust-control; Hazards-Confirmed; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Sculptors; Artists; Asbestos-dust; Talc-dust; Respiratory-protective-equipment
14807-96-6; 1332-21-4; 50-55-5
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