From: Christian Hoydic <wholefoodspecialist**At_Symbol_Here**GMAIL.COM>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Should undergraduate students wear eye protection in a Fine Arts studio.
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 14:00:31 -0600
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Personally, through experience, working in a ceramic studio during my undergrad, no one wore safety glasses, even while mixing the clay for use. However unsafe that was, it seemed like a good idea at the time, until the clay got in their eyes and they had to wash it out and they had major eye damage from the chemical reactions going on in their eyes at the time of the clay mixing. Simple things my fellow chemists. We wouldn't think mixing clay would be that big a deal, then it gets into their eyes and now one of them had permanent eye damage because they decided to be unsafe at that time. Something that could have been prevented by simply wearing protective eye glasses, and now they can't see very well in one of their eyes and can't legally drive a car anymore. All I am saying is, be careful while working with clay, it bites when you don't treat it with respect, despite it being rather docile most of the time.

On Thu, Mar 5, 2015 at 8:21 AM, David Roberts <droberts**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:
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 <rwdenton3**At_Symbol_Here**GMAIL.COM> 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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