metals and jewelry safety manual

studio access :
  1. When you work in the studio outside of class you work at your own risk.
  2. Never work alone in the studio.
  3. Only currently enrolled students may use the facility.
  4. Visitors are not allowed in the studio unless invited by the faculty.
personal conduct :
  1. Conduct yourself in a responsible manner at all times in the studio.
  2. Tools and equipment are to be used only when one is alert, rested and focused. Under no circumstances should you attempt to use the facilities when your judgment is impaired by extreme emotion, medication, drugs, alcohol, or sleep deprivation.
  3. Be alert and notify the instructor of any unsafe conditions you observe.
  4. Report all injuries, chemical spills, and broken equipment immediately no matter how trivial they seem.
best practices :
  1. Follow all verbal and written instructions carefully. If you do not understand a direction or part of a procedure, ask the instructor before proceeding.
  2. Use equipment and materials only with proper instruction. If you haven't been shown how to use it, DON'T.
  3. Be prepared for your work in the studio. Read all technical handouts before proceeding with a new procedure.
  4. Before beginning a procedure, think through the steps and have a plan for what to do in an emergency. Know where the fire extinguishers, first aid kit, eye wash station and MSDS sheets are kept and how to use them. Know where the exits and fire alarms are located.
  5. Wear appropriate clothing at all times (avoid sandals, bare legs, bare midriffs, or excessively baggy clothing).
  6. Tie back long hair and dangling jewelry when working.
  7. Wear an apron to protect skin and clothing.
  8. Wear eye protection when sawing, and using power equipment to protect against flying particles.
  9. Wear ear protection during all hammering processes and when using power equipment. Ear muffs provide the best protection, but ear plugs that mold to fit the ear also offer satisfactory protection.
  10. Wear appropriate protection for chemical procedures (rubber gloves, respirators, face shields, and specially designed aprons).
  11. Use proper ventilation and illumination.
  12. Use properly fitted dust masks and chemical respirator to protect against inhaling particles, fumes and vapors.
maintenance :
  1. Keep benchtops and aisles clear. Bookbags, purses and coats should be stored in hall lockers or in the storage wall of the classroom. Push your chair in when not in use
  2. Each student is responsible for keeping the studio clean. Leave the studio in a cleaner condition than you found it.
  3. Smoking is not allowed in the studio or hallways.
emergency procedures :
  1. Gas leaks: If you smell leaking gas or acetylene and cannot identify the source, do not turn on lights or other equipment. Notify a faculty member, TA or campus police (9911) immediately. Exit room and building.
  2. Fire: Contain or fight fire only if possible or practical to do so. Pull fire alarm. Exit room and building.
  3. Chemical handling:
    • All chemicals in the studio should be considered dangerous. Do not touch, taste, or smell unknown chemicals.
    • Wear appropriate clothing at all times (avoid sandals, bare legs, bare midriffs, or excessively baggy clothing).
    • Tie back long hair and dangling jewelry when working.
    • Wear an apron and rubber gloves to protect skin and clothing.
    • Wear eye protection to protect against spray or splashes.
    • Use properly fitted chemical respirator.
    • Do not allow chemicals to boil or evaporate.
    • Clean up spills immediately.
    • NEVER mix chemicals unless specifically told to do so.
    • Dispose of chemical waste properly. DO NOT leave chemicals or chemical processes unattended, or out "for the next person"
    • Wipe down work surfaces with a damp sponge before and after all work.
first aid :
  1. Report all injuries immediately no matter how trivial they seem.
  2. For extensive or deep burns, or wounds with heavy bleeding, have someone dial 9911 from the hall telephone to call paramedics and immediately follow the following procedures.
  3. If a liquid chemical should splash in your eye or on your skin, or if you receive a thermal burn, immediately flush with running water from the eyewash station or faucet for at least 20 minutes. Notify the instructor immediately, and seek medical attention. (If a powdered chemical gets on your skin, quickly and carefully brush off as much of it as you can then flush with running water from the eyewash station or faucet for at least 20 minutes.)
  4. If you are cut or punctured, apply direct pressure until the bleeding stops then clean and bandage the wound. Notify the instructor immediately, and seek medical attention.

area and process-specific safety requirements

power equipment:
  1. Take good care of public and shared tools.
  2. Use tools properly. Do not use tools without proper instruction.
  3. Leave the tools in better condition than you found them.
  4. Report broken or damaged tools immediately
  5. Turn off power equipment when not in use
  6. Before beginning a procedure, think through the steps and have a plan for what to do in an emergency.
  7. Wear appropriate clothing at all times (avoid sandals, bare legs, bare midriffs, or excessively baggy clothing).
  8. Tie back long hair and dangling jewelry when working.
  9. Wear an apron to protect skin and clothing.
  10. Wear eye protection when sawing, and using power equipment to protect against flying particles.
  11. Wear ear protection during all hammering processes and when using power equipment. Ear muffs provide the best protection, but ear plugs that mold to fit the ear also offer satisfactory protection.
  12. Use proper illumination.
  13. Use properly fitted dust masks to protect against inhaling particles.
torches:
  1. Wear appropriate clothing at all times (avoid sandals, bare legs, bare midriffs, or excessively baggy clothing).
  2. Tie back long hair and dangling jewelry when working.
  3. Wear appropriate eye protection against particles and glare.
  4. Keep area clear of flammable objects such as paper towels and flux pots.
  5. Do not attempt to change tanks without instructor supervision.
  6. Turn off torches when not in use.
  7. Bleed all lines when finished.
  8. Heated metal remains hot for a long time. Use caution and proper equipment when handling equipment, substances or materials that have been heated.
electroforming area:
  1. Wear appropriate clothing at all times (avoid sandals, bare legs, bare midriffs, or excessively baggy clothing).
  2. Tie back long hair and dangling jewelry when working.
  3. Wear an apron and rubber gloves to protect skin and clothing.
  4. Wear eye protection to protect against spray or splashes.
  5. Floor must be dry when working with rectifier to avoid electrical shock.
  6. Turn on ventilation and make sure power to rectifier is OFF before opening lid.
  7. Clean up spills immediately.
  8. Wipe down work surfaces with a damp sponge before and after all work
aluminum anodizing area:
  1. Wear appropriate clothing at all times (avoid sandals, bare legs, bare midriffs, or excessively baggy clothing).
  2. Tie back long hair and dangling jewelry when working.
  3. Wear an apron and rubber gloves to protect skin and clothing.
  4. Wear eye protection to protect against spray or splashes.
  5. Floor must be dry when working with rectifier to avoid electrical shock.
  6. Turn on ventilation and make sure power to rectifier is OFF before opening lids.
  7. Clean up spills immediately.
  8. Wipe down work surfaces with a damp sponge before and after all work
  9. All chemicals in the process should be considered dangerous. Do not touch, taste, or smell unknown chemicals. This process includes caustic soda, nitric acid, and sulfuric acid baths which can burn eyes, skin and clothing.
  10. Do not heat glassware with torch or on hotplate. Use coffee warmer only.
  11. Heated metal equipment and chemicals can remain hot for a long time. Use caution and proper equipment when handling equipment, substances or materials that have been heated.
reactive metals anodizing and silver plating area:
  1. Wear appropriate clothing at all times (avoid sandals, bare legs, bare midriffs, or excessively baggy clothing).
  2. Tie back long hair and dangling jewelry when working.
  3. Wear an apron and rubber gloves to protect skin and clothing.
  4. Wear eye protection to protect against spray or splashes.
  5. Floor must be dry when working with rectifier to avoid electrical shock.
  6. Turn on ventilation and make sure power to rectifier is OFF before opening lids.
  7. Clean up spills immediately.
  8. Wipe down work surfaces with a damp sponge before and after all work
  9. All chemicals in the process should be considered dangerous. Do not touch, taste, or smell unknown chemicals.
ferric chloride etching area:
  1. Wear appropriate clothing at all times (avoid sandals, bare legs, bare midriffs, or excessively baggy clothing).
  2. Tie back long hair and dangling jewelry when working.
  3. Wear an apron and rubber gloves to protect skin and clothing.
  4. Wear eye protection to protect against spray or splashes.
  5. Clean up spills immediately.
  6. Wipe down work surfaces with a damp sponge before and after all work
enameling area:
  1. Wear appropriate clothing at all times (avoid sandals, bare legs, bare midriffs, or excessively baggy clothing).
  2. Tie back long hair and dangling jewelry when working.
  3. Wear appropriate eye protection against particles when working with dry enamels, and medium/dark green filtered glasses when placing and removing objects from kiln to protect against heat and glare.
  4. Use properly fitted dust masks and chemical respirators to protect against inhaling particles, fumes and vapors (especially lead used in some enamels).
  5. Damp wipe all surfaces when finished.
  6. Heated metal remains hot for a long time. Use caution and proper equipment when handling equipment, substances or materials that have been heated.
casting area:
  1. Wear appropriate clothing at all times (avoid sandals, bare legs, bare midriffs, or excessively baggy clothing).
  2. Tie back long hair and dangling jewelry when working.
  3. Wear appropriate eye protection against particles when working with dry investment, and medium/dark green filtered glasses when using oxy/acetylene torch to protect against glare.
  4. Use properly fitted dust masks/chemical respirators to protect against inhaling investment particles, and metal fumes.
  5. Damp wipe all surfaces when finished.
  6. Heated metal remains hot for a long time. Use caution and proper equipment when handling equipment, substances or materials that have been heated.