From: "Buczynski, Michael" <Michael.Buczynski**At_Symbol_Here**RB.COM>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Should undergraduate students wear eye protection in a Fine Arts studio.
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 15:25:24 +0000
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Let's look at the Basics of Industrial Hygiene whatever the business:

Recognize, Evaluate and Control. We want to REC the workplace!

R- Examine the Health and safety info/data of the materials used by the department. What are the hazards of the materials worked with?

E- How are the material handled/ manipulated? What is the frequency of contact and how much? Does a process aerosolize powders/ dusts/liquids. Is a fixer sprayed on? Is anything subject to sanding /grinding?...... Etc. Is there sufficient duration to require airborne monitoring? These are some of the issues that have to be addressed. Sometimes called a Workplace Exposure Assessment.

C- Armed with the above information, data and exposure results, a decision is made based on the potential health and safety implications to the student/employee. If there is no problem, fine you have done your due diligence. OR if there is the real potential that harm can come from working with the materials, then controls have to be put in place. That can be ventilation for grinding/sanding/spraying, and/or appropriate personal protective equipment (glasses, gloves, aprons etc.) Your evaluation may indicate that only certain tasks might require the PPE. If this latter decision is made then-Written SOPs must be developed and the group must be trained. This may include a blanket rule that when you go into the department work area safety glasses are required. I some cases you may have to deal with human nature not wanting to... what is the price of an eye or finger?

Only you can answer after you have evaluated your situation.

Hope this helps!

Michael A. Buczynski

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From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU] On Behalf Of David Roberts
Sent: Thursday, March 05, 2015 9:22 AM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Should undergraduate students wear eye protection in a Fine Arts studio.

While it probably is not required, you surely will not be penalized if you decide, as a University, to have a rule such as this. It would just need to be in your policies, and then you would have to have a way to monitor such actions. If people in your art department are asking for this, it might not be a bad thing to do, as they would take ownership and supposedly help monitor the situation. However, if it‰??s just one faculty member (and others are opposed), it could lead to issues/problems that are easier to avoid by not doing this (since it‰??s not required).

Good luck


> On Mar 5, 2015, at 8:01 AM, Richard Denton wrote:
> Hi everyone:
> I was recently bombarded with a question by one of our professors in the Fine Arts department at my college. The question is should the university make safety glasses mandatory for students while working in the studio. This studio is setup for making ceramics and pottery. I need help in this matter.
> Does OSHA require this for all studios and labs in the Arts?
> Thank you for your assistance.
> Richard Denton, CHO


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