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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-95-0119-2554, Glass Schell Fused Glass Masks, Houston, Texas.
Moss CE; Burr GA
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
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; Author Keywords: Pressed and Blown Glass and Glassware, Not Elsewhere Classified; crystalline silica; metals; volatile organic compounds; VOCs; elements; infrared radiation; ultraviolet radiation; UV; eye protection; personal protective equipment
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