JAIC 1993, Volume 32, Number 1, Article 1 (pp. 01 to 14)
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JAIC 1993, Volume 32, Number 1, Article 1 (pp. 01 to 14)

CONSOLIDATION OF POROUS PAINT IN A VAPOR-SATURATED ATMOSPHERE

ERIC F. HANSEN, ROSA LOWINGER, & EILEEN SADOFF



7 TOXICITY AND SAFETY FACTORS

As previously mentioned, the AtmosBag's manufacturers do not recommend its use in protection against possibly toxic solvent vapors. It is not always possible to tell if there are small leaks in the system, especially if the bag is being used repeatedly. It is important to work in a fume-hood with a sufficient draft to remove any possible solvent vapors. Taking this precaution does not interfere with the consolidation procedure because the interior of the bag is protected from the air flow.

Because of the danger of exposure to high concentrations of organic solvents and the added potential for flammability associated with a vapor-saturated atmosphere, particularly with acetone, general laboratory safety procedures relating to the use of organic solvents should be strictly adhered to. These procedures include sufficient air flow in a fume hood, no open flames, and appropriate electrical systems.


Copyright 1993 American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works