Fine-grain, dry particles of inorganic and organic matter that are suspended in the air and are carried great distances by air currents. Dust deposits on horizontal surfaces and may be attracted or repelled by electrical charges. Dust can contain soot, dirt, silica, pollutants, animal and vegetable fibers, skin and hair debris, pollen, bacteria, and mold.
Synonyms and Related Terms
particulate; dirt; Staub (Deut.); polvere (It.); poussière (Fr.); poeira (Port.)
Hazards and Safety
Particles smaller than 2 microns may penetrate to the lungs. Chronic exposure may cause cancer.
Sources Checked for Data in Record
- Hermann Kuhn, Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art and Antiquities, Butterworths, London, 1986
- Michael McCann, Artist Beware, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York City, 1979
- Pam Hatchfield, Pollutants in the Museum Environment, Archetype Press, London, 2002
- Art and Architecture Thesaurus Online, http://www.getty.edu/research/tools/vocabulary/aat/, J. Paul Getty Trust, Los Angeles, 2000