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  1. I have mentioned this very important 2016 article (from Ceramics Monthly magazine) many times here on the forum when the subject of studio dust and cleaning and respirators comes up. The full article is now online via the DOCTOR's personal website. This is MUST READ stuff if you are working with clay. Particularly in a "home studio" situation. Yes, it is a single study, and of course that alone has its limitations on how you can extend the validity of the data accumulated. But it was done well, and by a credible professional in the field (environmental epidemiologist and professor at McGill University and avocational potter). Right after it came out I had conversations directly with the author, since it is my professional duty to keep up with this stuff since I teach it at the college level. Both of us were concerned with what it appears to show. It "blows away" a lot of assumptions about dust generation in the studio and appropriate controls. Note the highest spike on the graph. It is from "sculpting leatherhard clay". An activity we all assume is not a high dust producing activity. (This study deserves WAY more research!) http://markgoldbergpottery.com/goldberg_studiodust-final.pdf best, ..........................john addendum edit: the link in the above post seems to have expired, article by the same author, Mark Goldberg, here. - Min
  2. Good morning. My husband, Koos recently installed a new air-con in my studio and we discovered that the electrical wire to the plugs were not on standard. He had to fix that. Other hazards in a studio that I have from time to time is silica dust, which I control as good as I can. I also have mold that will grow when my studio is closed for long periods of time. The obvious thing is to control water and moisture, which is harder to do when there is wet soft clay in the studio. I work with gloves when I handle raw materials and when I glaze, something that I did not do all my life, but with age comes some wisdom ( I hope.....) The other crucial piece of equipment that I use when spray glazing is a mask - Hepa filter......I need a new so I will need advice about the best available on the market today. I would like to hear what you do to stay safe in your studio. Thanks Antoinette Badenhorst www.porcelainbyAntoinette.com www.Teachinart.com
  3. FYI for us potters: Note the magnitude of the standards decrease. http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/u-s-lowers-silica-dust-limit-first-time-45-years-n545201 best, ................john
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