Silica dust is carcinogenic, try to avoid breathing any clay or glaze materials particulates whenever possible.
Some things that come to mind for general studio safety:
- Cheap disposable or reusable chemical gloves for glaze handling and misc hand-protection needs.
- Chem goggles/eye protection for cleaning out glaze containers or flying debris from chipping/grinding fired glaze.
- CMC gum in glazes to keep glaze from powdering off when transferring glazed work to kiln.
- Particulate-rated NIOSH respirator for general studio use. I like 3M N95 8210 particulate respirator. Use 8011s if you have a small face. You can get higher filtering, but they are hard to breath through IMO.
- Leather gloves for handling hot wares from kiln, sharp edges of wares stuck to kiln shelves, etc.
- Try NOT to dry sweep, use wet-cleanup methods whenever practical. Sponge it down, mop it.
- If dry sweeping use a respirator, provide ventilation, use floor sweeping compound if you have it.
- Obtain MSDS info on any chemicals you have in your studio and ACTUALLY READ IT so you know how to handle, transport or dispose of your material, etc.
- Clean up studio daily.
In regards to your mold issue, I dunno what to do there. Sounds like your studio is too well sealed. You may consider some sort of ventilation for the room. Also, I don't know how you store your wet clay or wet in-progress work, but try to isolate it with plastic or store it somehow so the moisture doesn't raise the whole room's humidity.
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