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from monona re: studio safety (fwd)

updated thu 16 dec 99


Elke Blodgett on wed 15 dec 99

Subject: Re: studio safety (fwd)

> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> Date: Mon, 13 Dec 1999 15:31:26 EST
> From: Jeff Campana
> Subject: Re: studio safety
> Resent-Subject: Re: studio safety
> ----------------------------Original message----------------------------
> Maybe I'll come across as a bit of an asshole here, but I don't really
> it
> is neccissary for a school to put rules into place that a teacher should
> follow. One of the main things a teacher should teach are the dangers of
> working in their medium. The rules should be put in place by the
> so
> that when asked by any student, the instructor will have real reasons for
> such
> rules, rather than the "department policy" copout. It is necisarry for
> anyone
> planning to open a studio to be well versed in the safety precautions
> necissary
> for working with clay. I think the teachers are fully responsible for
> teaching
> safety as one of the main areas of beginning ceramics. As for poor Celia,
> am
> sorry your teacher has no regard for safety, and you should simply give
> a
> call. They are there for specifically that reason. Nobody should ever be
> forced to work or study in an unsafe atmosphere. This sloppy ceramics
> teacher
> needs to learn his lesson badly.
> On a lighter note, if a lazy slob like that can get a job teaching
> maybe I'll actually stand a chance at becoming a professor someday:)
> Jeff Campana

Very confusing message, Jeff. Its a good idea to call OSHA, but a student
can't do that. OSHA is only allowed to protect employees. Only the teacher
can call and expect to get a response from OSHA.

And as for not having the school put rules in place for teachers to follow:
That's required by OSHA. The regs require written rules and safety programs,
even written enforcement policies on the part of the school.

And Joyce's message about there actually being no rules despite the fact that
the are required was right on. She broke my heart with her post, but she's
seeing exactly what I see when I inspect schools.

Monona Rossol
181 Thompson St., # 23
NYC NY 10012-2586 212/777-0062

> > ----------------------------Original message----------------------------
> > Celia submitted a good post today when she told us about the "messy"
> studio,
> > and posted a good question when she asked if schools had any "rules"
> > safety in the studios. Based on my experiences at 5 different colleges
> > the past 30 years, I'm afraid my answer would have to be no. Where I
> > currently teach, the only thing that was ever asked of me regarding this
> > subject, was a for a list of toxic materials that they could put into a
> > binder, and have sitting on the shelf should someone at some point in
> > come around and ask for. The chairman is in print making, and knows
> is
> > toxic in his area, and does a good job of taking care of it. As for my
> area
> > in ceramics, he doesn't have a clue. I don't hold that against him, but
> on
> > the other hand I was never asked about venting the kiln, or open bags of
> > silica either. So, it is up to me to take those precautions. I know
> is
> > not the answer most would not like to hear, but that is the way it
> to
> > be.
> > Joyce A
> > Mission, TX