10 ways to keep yourself safe and healthy in the Pottery Studio
Even though the medium doesn’t seem risky because the tiny equipment is not sharp at all, accident can happen any time. The potters must make sure to wear enough protective clothes to avoid any headache
- Kiln Location The key of ceramics pottery is kiln. The potter must choose the perfect location to place the kiln considering the surface of the floor and spacing. Normally, the temperature of the kiln will be diffused approximately 60-70°c which can cause combustion or accumulated heat. Therefore, the potter must make sure that flammable materials and equipment are kept away from the kiln to avoid explosion.
- Safety controller In case of any unexpected situation happening in the studio, the safety controller of the kiln and other electrical devices can lessen or even prevent emergency. For example, the braker can cut off the electric circuit of devices including extruder and drills. Otherwise, the machine must be switched off and unpluck immediately to make sure that it is not working during emergency.
- Good ventilation Accumulation of dusk is caused by lack of regular cleaning in the studio. Keep the door and the window open can remove small particles in the air and reduce risk to health of the potter in the long run. While working in the studio, clean air should be ventilated in the studio.
- Don’t leave the studio dirty with clay. When it dries, it will turn into small particles composed of silicate. Make sure that you clean and get rid of the clay before it dries out. Keep the clay in the secured storage to prevent any dust.
- Clean the studio regularly Use clean water or wet wipe or sponge to remove small particles of clay which can cause long-term issues to your lung.
- Keep powder materials in the secured storage. When it is kept securely, it can prevent others from breathing in the small particles. In addition, it will prevent the powder materials from any humidity or contamination.
- Clean the toolsExtend the lifetime of the equipment by cleaning them after usage. This will prevent the tools from silicate caused by clay.
- Keep away hazardous liquid. All hazardous liquid must be kept in the shelf to avoid any spilt or incautious contact with them. Label and precautions must be placed on the container. Don’t forget to put instructions on how and what to do in case of contact with the chemicals.
- Wear safety mask To avoid breathing in chemical substances, wear safety mask with standard filters.
- Clean the studio regularly.Always clean the studio so you can organize the tools and remove the dust from the clay. Contact with silicate can cause long-term issues with your health.