3042.0: Monday, October 22, 2001 - Board 1

Abstract #21398

Artists' Health and Safety Concerns

Laurel Berman1, Joseph P. Zanoni, MILR2, Leslie Nickels, MEd3, Lorraine Conroy, ScD, CIH4, and Katherine Duvall, MD, MS, MPH2. (1) Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, UIC School of Public Health Great Lakes Center, 2121 W. Taylor Street, Chicago, IL 60657, 312-996-6904, lberma2@uic.edu, (2) UIC, School of Public Health, Great Lakes Center, 2121 W. Taylor Street, MC 922, Chicago, IL 60612, (3) School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago, SPH, 2121 W Taylor, Chicago, IL 60612, (4) Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, UIC School of Public Health

The UIC School of Public Health Great Lakes Center presented the Health in the Arts (HARTS) Reception and Conference on November 3 and 4, 2000. A goal of the project was to conduct outreach with artists and art educators regarding their experience with injuries and illnesses in their work. Organizers created a network survey for artists to assess gender, ethnicity, age, art discipline, location and level of practice, sickness related to art, and exposure to hazards. We received 32 responses to the survey during the reception and conference. We plan to present the process of data collection and themes from the surveys. For example, preliminary review of the surveys indicated that many of the respondents suffered headaches, nausea, or upper respiratory tract irritation, which they believed originated as a result of work-related exposure. Future plans of the project are to utilize the data for research, enhanced surveillance, and educational programming. The HARTS conference may be viewed at www.uic.edu/sph/glakes/ce, then click on the HARTS conference. The conference was presented in cooperation with Drs. David Hinkamp and Katherine Duvall and Dean Susan Scrimshaw, Dean Judith Russi Kirshner, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Illinois Arts Council, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Public Arts Group, United Scenic Artists, Local 829, IATSE, and Chicago Center for Arts Policy. See www.uic.edu/sph/glakes/ce

Learning Objectives: 1. To describe the injuries and illnesses reported by artists. 2. To explain the process of data collection. 3. To analyze themes in the reports. 4. To describe how data may be used for future surveillance and programming.

Keywords: Occupational Health,

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Organization/institution whose products or services will be discussed: UIC/School of Public Health/Great Lakes Center for Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

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