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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).
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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