Artist's Complete Health and Safety Guide

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Dozens of at-a-glance tables and charts present vital information about art materials, ingredients, technical hazards, proper protective equipment, and safe work practices simply and accurately. This brand-new third edition is now completely revised and expanded to detail lifesaving new safety and ventilation equipment, present urgent new discoveries on toxins and pollutants found in arts and crafts materials, and explain the controversies surrounding new government regulations. A virtual lifesaver for all art ...

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Overview

Dozens of at-a-glance tables and charts present vital information about art materials, ingredients, technical hazards, proper protective equipment, and safe work practices simply and accurately. This brand-new third edition is now completely revised and expanded to detail lifesaving new safety and ventilation equipment, present urgent new discoveries on toxins and pollutants found in arts and crafts materials, and explain the controversies surrounding new government regulations. A virtual lifesaver for all art and craft workers.

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Editorial Reviews

Hygiene Industrial Association Journal
This book is well written, easy to read, practical, authoritative, and useful, not only for artists but also for teachers and industrial hygienists.
Library Journal
Most artists are at least vaguely aware of the dangers their profession poses, and several high-profile lawsuits have led to complex regulations regarding the handling of art materials. These concerns are ably addressed by Rossol's manual, a standard in the field. A chemist, artist, and industrial hygienist, Rossol is also the founder and president of ACTS (Arts, Crafts and Theater Safety). Her use of the word "complete" in the title is not misplaced; other books in the field, such as Michael McCann's Health Hazards Manual for Artists, don't come close. Four exhaustive sections cover regulations and specific hazards, artists' raw materials, precautions for individual media, and reproductive risks to artists. Fully equipped with appendixes on sources, governmental agencies, and an annotated reference list, this vitally important volume is essential for any art collection. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
It is now widely recognized that the supplies commonly used by artists can be highly toxic. In fact, they are regulated under an amendment to the Toxic Substances Control Act. The author, herself an artist and a chemist, has completely revised her first edition of this guide to handling such substances Allworth Pr., 1990, a highly important work for any artist, craftsperson, or teacher in the arts. Rossol covers solvents, pigments and dyes, metals and metal compounds, minerals, and plastics. She discusses their relationships to diseases of the skin, eyes, respiratory system, heart and blood, nervous system, liver, kidneys, bladder, and reproductive system. This is more than just an alarming catalog of hazards, however; the book is largely devoted to practical precautions for various media, including painting, printmaking, textiles, glass, photography, and smithing. This comprehensive guide is highly recommended for any artist's studio or art teacher's classroom and for all libraries that serve those in the arts and crafts.-Daniel J. Lombardo, Jones Lib., Amherst, Mass.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581152043
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/1/2002
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 1,025,282
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Monona Rossol has been a chemist, artist, and industrial hygienist, specializing in visual and performing arts hazards for more than thirty years. She is the founder of Arts, Crafts, and Theater Safety (ACTS), a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to providing health and safety services to the arts. She lives in New York City.
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Table of Contents

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PART I: THE REGULATED ART WORLD

        Chapter 1: Health and Safety Laws
        Chapter 2: Health Hazards and the Body       
        Chapter 3: Chemical Health Hazards and Their Control
        Chapter 4: Physical Hazards and Their Control
        Chapter 5: Identifying Hazardous Materials        
        Chapter 6: General Precautions       
        Chapter 7: Ventilation       
        Chapter 8: Respiratory Protection 
        
PART II: ARTISTS' RAW MATERIALS '
       
        Chapter 9: Solvents
        Chapter 10: Pigments and Dyes   
        Chapter 11: Metals and Metal Compounds       
        Chapter 12: Minerals       
        Chapter 13: Plastics and Adhesives

PART III: PRECAUTIONS FOR INDIVIDUAL MEDIA

        Chapter 14: Painting and Drawing        
        Chapter 15: Printmaking
        Chapter 16: Textile Arts
        Chapter 17: Leather and Other Animal Products
        Chapter 18: Ceramics
        Chapter 19: Glass       
        Chapter 20: Stained Glass
        Chapter 21: Enameling   
        Chapter 22: Ceramic, Glass, and Enamel Surface Treatments
        Chapter 23: Sculpture, Lapidary, and Modeling Materials         
        Chapter 24: Metal Surface Treatments
        Chapter 25: Welding
        Chapter 26: Brazing, Soldering, Casting, Smithing
        Chapter 27: Papermaking
        Chapter 28: Woodworking
        Chapter 29: Photography and Photoprinting

PART IV: THE NEXT GENERATION
        Chapter 30: Teaching Art
        Chapter 31: Reproductive Risks to Artists

APPENDIX A: BIBLIOGRAPHY AND SOURCES
        Arts, Crafts, and Theater Safety
        Governmental Agencies
        Standards Organizations
        Commercial Sources
        Annotated Reference List
APPENDIX B: GLOSSARY
INDEX
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