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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-95-0119-2554, Glass Schell Fused Glass Masks, Houston, Texas.

Authors
Moss-CE; Burr-GA
Source
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HETA 95-0119-2554, 1995 Jan; :1-17
NIOSHTIC No.
00231099
Abstract
In response to a request from the owner of the Glass Schell Fused Glass Mask art studio (SIC-3229), Houston, Texas, an investigation was begun into possible hazardous working conditions at that site. The owner (and employee) voiced concern about optical radiation, crystalline silica (14808607), metals, volatile organic compounds, and decomposition products which were generated during the production of handmade decorative glass items. Personal breathing zone and area air samples were collected during the major steps in producing glass artwork. Levels of radiant energy were also measured. All of the exposures measured were significantly below any pertinent occupational limits. There was no detectable crystalline silica in either the air or bulk samples collected. Ultraviolet and visible radiation exposures were not in excess of the applicable standards, but it was possible to be exposed to excessive infrared levels when working with the kiln or glory hole equipment. The author concludes that a health hazard did not exist at the time of the survey. The authors recommend that eye protection be used because of exposure to particulate matter and optical radiation.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-95-0119-2554; Region-6; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Radiation-exposure; Ultraviolet-radiation; Infrared-radiation; Glass-workers; Arts-and-crafts;
CAS No.
14808-60-7
Publication Date
19950101
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1995
NTIS Accession No.
PB96-209622
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-95-0119-2554
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
3229
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
TX; OH
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