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Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences Featured Resources provide the latest information on workplace safety, health and well-being. Additional information can be filtered by topic in the supporting navigation to the left of the article content.

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Jan 13, 2017
NIOSH Safety and Health Topic: Body Art

The body art industry is unique because its artists express themselves through living art, but in doing so, artists may also come in contact with their client's blood. Because of this, tattoo artists and body piercers may also be exposed to a bloodborne pathogen such as hepatitis B virus, hepatitis C virus, or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

Source: NIOSH

Aug 01, 2015
OSHA Woodworking eTool Health hazards

Exposure to wood dust has long been associated with a variety of adverse health effects, including dermatitis, allergic respiratory effects, mucosal and nonallergic respiratory effects, and cancer.

Source: OSHA

Sep 01, 2011
Environmental Health News: Inkling of concern - Chemicals in tattoo inks face scrutiny

New research has turned up troubling details about chemicals in tattoo inks, including some endocrine disruptors and toxic metals, and a compound that has been called one of the most potent skin carcinogens. The FDA has launched an investigation into concerns about ink safety.

Source: Environmental Health News

Oct 01, 2009
NIOSH Science Blog: Safety and Health for Tattooists and Piercers

Tattooists and piercers work in an industry that is unique in opportunities and challenges. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) began visiting tattooing and piercing studios in the 1990s in response to workplace safety and health concerns raised by artists in the industry. Based on these visits and interviews with artists, we found many had concerns about exposures to blood and bloodborne diseases.

Source: NIOSH

Dec 01, 2008
Health Hazard Evaluation: Exposures at a Pottery Shop (PDF)

The HHE Program responded to a request at a pottery shop which concerned potential exposures to silica, volatile organic compounds, and dry materials mixed there. HHE Program investigators collected personal breathing zone and area air samples, surface wipe samples, measured carbon monoxide (CO) during forklift use, and performed an ergonomic assessment of work practices.

Source: NIOSH

Dec 01, 2006
Photographic Materials: Safety Issues and Disposal Procedures

This University of Florida Division of Environmental Health and Safety Manual is not intended to replace the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) as the source of information on photographic chemicals. It is critical that the MSDS for each chemical be consulted to determine the specific hazard associated with that chemical.

Source: University of Florida Environmental Health and Safety

Jun 01, 2003
Traditional Sculpture Hazards


Source: True Art

Jan 01, 2003
Woodworking Hazards

Wood sculpture and furniture-making use a large number of different types of hard and soft woods, including many exotic tropical woods. Many of these woods are hazardous themselves. Sometimes woods are treated with hazardous preservatives or pesticides.

Source: True Art Information

Jan 01, 2003
Safety for Glass Studios


Source: Dodge Studio Designs