Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Tip of the Week

I never thought too much about silica dust floating around while grinding until recently.  White speckles are dried droplets of water that contain ground glass (silica).  If they are brushed off your clothes, they usually become dust that is easily spread.  When inhaled, it can lead to a disease called silicosis, for which there is no cure. 

The severity of this problem is related to the length of time spent grinding, cutting and creating spatters.  The length of time being exposed and smoking both worsen silicosis.  Wearing an apron while grinding or cutting may help to keep the dust off work clothes.  Chang clothes before leaving the studio (place work clothes in a pillowcase to take to the wash, wash pillowcase too),  This helps to limit the spread of silica dust.--Dr. Fleming Fallon

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