The Health in Arts Program
and Online Health & Safety in the Arts Library
by David Hinkamp
The Health in the Arts Program It is a program of the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health in affiliation with Cook County Hospital Division of Occupational Medicine.
The program is directed by David Hinkamp MD, MPH who is board certified in Occupational Medicine and Preventative Medicine, and is on the faculty of the School of Public Health. Dr Hinkamp established the Chicago Blues Coalition's health program and has been the Chair of the Arts-Medicine Section of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine since 1991.
Katherine Duvall MD, MPH, MS, is board certified in Occupational Medicine, and is on the faculty of the School of Public Health. Currently Dr Duvall is conducting research regarding health needs of artists. Dr Duvall has a background in performing arts.
The mission of the Health in the Arts Program is to diagnose, treat and prevent arts-related disorders among people working in all aspects of the arts. There is increasing recognition that work in the arts can involve health risks such as exposures to toxic materials and hazardous physical conditions. Injuries and repetitive motion disorders can also result from practice and from work in the arts.
Medical specialists in this program treat arts workers with health concerns that may be caused by their work or affect their ability to work. These specialists also work with the arts communities to investigate and prevent hazardous work practices among art students, hobbyists and professionals. The focus of these efforts includes:
many of the most relevant topics are now included
on 'nontoxicHub', click here:
the site covers a wide range of topics, such as:
Lithography, Intaglio and Relief Printing
Silk Screen Printing
Using a Safer Mordant Intaglio Etching on Aluminum and Zinc
Solvents Used in the Arts
Health Hazards of Solvents
Material Safety Data Sheets
Controversy Over "Non-Toxic" Label
Reading Label Warnings on Art Materials