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Silica Dust

Commercially available glazes and clay bodies contain silica.

In the wet state, this is not a problem but, when dry, the powder can become airborne and present a health hazard.

Chronic exposure to silica dust in the air has lead to silicosis and death for some artists and industry workers.

To prevent this, I teach students to wash their hands frequently, keep their work areas clean, and keep the clay damp.

Students spend about 15 minutes at the end of class cleaning, plus I mop daily (at least), and I am spot cleaning all day long.

   

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