HHE Report No. HETA-95-0119-2554, Glass Schell Fused Glass Masks, Houston, Texas.
NIOSH 1995 Jan:17 pages
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.
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;
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance;
NTIS Accession No.
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-95-0119-2554, 17 pages, 15 references