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Artist Beware, Updated and Revised: The Hazards in Working with All Art and Craft Materials and the Precautions Every Artist and Craftsperson Should Take Paperback – Bargain Price, June 1, 2005

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: The Lyons Press; Rev Upd edition (June 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592285929
  • ASIN: B001QCX88C
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,835,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A must for the artist/craftsperson."--Art Times

"McCann's Artist Beware. . . is a book of awesome range, from solvent fumes to pastel dust, with much precautionary advice."--The Washington Post Book World

"No book is more essential for an artist to possess than this one. His or her health, productivity, and perhaps even life may depend on being familiar with its contents . . . This is an important book."--Seattle Times/Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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Revised and fully updated, Artist Beware may well be the most important book an artist can own or that instructors can recommend to their students. It is a thorough and highly detailed examination of the hazards of working with art and craft materials, and of the precautions one should take to ensure good health and safety. The book provides full analyses of how gases, liquids, vapors, dusts, and fumes can harm the artist, and studies all aspects of safety in the studio, including the care, handling, and disposal of materials, the use of various kinds of protective equipment, and possible physical hazards.
Includes new information on:
the new exposure limits of chemicals
health clinics in the United States and Canada where artists can be treated for art- related illnesses
new, safer products available to printmakers
health hazards associated with computer art
and much more
Students, professional artists, and craftspeople alike will appreciate the possibly lifesaving information available in this indispensable volume.
Michael McCann, PhD, CIH, is one of the world's leading authorities on health hazards in the arts. He is also the author of Health Hazards: Manual for Artists.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on September 4, 2005
Format: Paperback
If the title sounds familiar, that's because Artist Beware: The Hazards In Working With All Art And Craft Materials And The Precautions Every Artist And Craftsperson Should Take appears in a newly updated, revised edition to provide the latest facts. The latest EPA and OSHA standards for artists is included in this edition, as well as updated details on proper ventilation, machine and tool safety, fiber hazards and more. No practicing artist should be without.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Angel on February 8, 2014
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They SHOULD be coming out with another updated and revised addition soon, I hope? But until then this is the holy grail of staying safe in the art world with your materials.
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I had read of Michael McCann long ago in an arts newsletter and remembered a (column to the right) article on "cough variant asthma" (caused by chemicals).... (my mother was in medicine I studied her books but went entirely holistic since a young age, and was to obtain my Masters in health care OT, when I totally collapsed due to chemical injury (MSC) chemical sensitivity does not mean one is "sensitive" but the various mechanisms of human physiology such as enzyme pathways are damaged to where "a small exposure causes greater damage").

Long story short, after a building fire, years of illegal building with no safety standards when highly toxic chemicals were used, as well as exposures in poorly equipped arts (old printing the worst) I ended up nearly dead. I remembered this article and friend who was taking care of me contacted him. He sent me a huge packet of information, contact with chemical injury MD Dr. Grace Ziem and his wish that I recover - no charge.

These chemicals btw are in many of your common personal/household products - remember the pharmaceuticals often make highly toxic products. Learn to read a MSDS (material safety data sheet) (perfumes mostly made out of left over petro sludge)..

Highly recommend this book - and a fantastic wonderful man to have assisted me so long ago!
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