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Protecting Yourself Against Art Hazards: Fine Art Collections What hazardous materials are we potentially exposed to? Inherent in the creation of the artwork: Paints; Pigments; Dyes; Fibers; Metals. Added post-creation of the artwork: Pesticides; Fungicides; Preservatives; Fumigants.

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protecting yourself against art hazards fine art collections

Protecting Yourself Against Art Hazards: Fine Art Collections

What hazardous materials are we potentially exposed to?

fine art contaminants
Inherent in the creation of the artwork:

Paints;

Pigments;

Dyes;

Fibers;

Metals.

Added post-creation of the artwork:

Pesticides;

Fungicides;

Preservatives;

Fumigants.

Fine Art Contaminants:
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Fine Art Contaminants
  • Pesticides:
    • Organochlorine;
    • Organophosphate
    • Carbamate;
    • Organonitrogen.
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Fine Art Contaminants:
  • Volatile Organics:
    • Thymol;
    • Paradichlorobenzene;
    • Ethylene Oxide;
    • Chloroacetophenone (Tear Gas).
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Fine Art Contaminants:
  • Metals:
  • Arsenic;
  • Chromium;
  • Cadmium;
  • Mercury;
  • Lead;
  • Cobalt.
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Fine Art Contaminants:
  • Organic:
    • Fungi;
    • Mold;
    • Endotoxins;
    • Bacteria.
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Fine Art Contaminants:
  • Others:
    • Hydrogen Cyanide;
    • Hydrogen Selenide.

(HCN)

(H2Se)

decorative arts ceramics glass jewelry metal
Decorative Arts:Ceramics, Glass, Jewelry, Metal
  • Pigments: Cd, Pb, Hg, Cr, Uranium;
  • CN in plated objects;
  • Hg Vapor.
fine arts paints drawings and prints sculptures
Fine Arts: Paints, Drawings and Prints, Sculptures
  • Pesticide Residues;
  • Hg, Pb, Cd, As, Cobalt from pigments;
  • Hg Salts as a fungicide;
  • Silicates /Asbestos.
furniture
Furniture
  • Carcinogenic wood dusts;
  • PVC degradation;
  • Biohazards: fungi, bacteria, endotoxins;
  • Pain t pigments;
  • Pesticide residues;
  • Hg vapors.
photography
Photography:
  • Release of hydrogen selenide gas;
  • Nitrate film combustion;
  • Mold spores;
  • Nitrate deterioration;
  • Hg Salts/Processing Chemicals.
textiles upholstery costumes vestments
Textiles: Upholstery, Costumes, Vestments
  • Hg Vapor;
  • HCN from UV on silk;
  • Pesticide Residues;
  • Cu, aniline pigments and dyes.
architectural objects structures fragments
Architectural Objects:Structures/Fragments
  • Pesticide residues;
  • Pb, Cd, Asbestos containing material;
  • Cr in patinas, Hg amalgams in mirrors.
contaminated glassware ceramics jewelry and metal
Contaminated Glassware, Ceramics, Jewelry and Metal;
  • Celluloid/ivory, MOP;
  • Uranium glazes;
  • Hg, Cr, Cd in pigments;
  • Hg, Cd in alloys;
  • CN in gold and silver plated objects
  • Pb in paint, stained glass;
  • Radioactive pigments;
  • Poison Seeds.
routes of exposure
Routes of Exposure
  • Main route of exposure is through direct contact with the artwork;
  • Exposure hazards prevented or reduced by implementation of engineering controls, work practice modification, and PPE;
exposure controls
Exposure Controls:
  • Engineering:
    • Evaluate ventilation System for Area;
    • Install Local Exhaust;
    • Designing out the hazard;
    • Reviewing handling procedures.;
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Exposure Controls:
  • Work Practices:
    • Minimize Direct Contact;
    • Personal Hygiene;
    • Cleaning Work Surfaces;
    • HEPA Vacuum.
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Exposure Controls:
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):
    • Gloves;
    • Smocks;
    • Respirators;
    • Safety Glasses/Goggles;
    • Steel-toed Boots.
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Exposure Controls:
  • Administrative:
    • Training;
    • Time;
    • Distance;
    • Shielding.