Ventilation by Nancy Clark
A Practical Guide for Artists, Craftspeople, and Others in the Arts

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Some craft materials contain toxic or harmful chemicals, yet products often lack adequate information about ingredients or precautions of which the user should be aware. Artists may lack training in safety procedures for chemical use, even though they are using chemicals. Some types of chemical exposures are cumulative, meaning chemicals entering the body are not flushed out and larger amounts may accumulate in the body. Another hazard is the risk of multiple chemical exposures. Some chemicals may be relatively safe when used singly, but can be dangerous when combined with other materials. Since it is impossible to test all combinations, individuals should minimize exposures. Much information related to art hazards comes from knowledge of industrial situations and consequences. When working in the home, the craftperson's working environment may pose greater risks, due to lack of awareness, ventilation or other variables, and may result in greater exposure periods than those occurring in an industrial situation. Exposure can occur dermally, by inhalation or by ingestion. Ventilate - It Is Vital. Ventilation of the work area is important for your safety. An exhaust system, such as a fume hood, removes airborne hazards at the source before it circulates into the work area. Dilution ventilation consists of a fan blowing air out of one window while another open window lets fresh air in. Dilution ventilation may not be sufficient ventilation. A fan simply moving air around a room is not an effective method of ventilation and allows vapors to disperse throughout the building.
 

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Published September 1, 1987 by Lyons Pr. 126 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction

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