Keeping your studio safe for you and your employees
If you have a small business with at least one employee, and you are interested in making sure that your studio is a safe working environment, you may ask OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) to come into your studio for an on-site consultation.
OSHA-Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA’s On-Site Consultation Service offers free and confidential advice to small and medium-sized businesses in all states across the country, with priority given to high-hazard, work sites.
- Consultation services are totally separate from enforcement and do not result in penalties or citations.
- To qualify, you must have a small business that has at least one employee in addition to you.
- You must agree to actively work toward fulfilling the recommendations that they make regarding your studio.
- Without an employee OSHA will not come into your studio, they are a regulatory group designed to protect employees.
Common Sense Guidelines
(Ensuring a safe studio space)
- Sweep and mop regularly-to keep the dust down.
- Label all raw materials well. Know what is both toxic for you and what is hazardous for the environment.
- Vent your kilns properly to the outside air.
- Wear your dust mask while mixing glazes, making clay, spraying glazes/slips and while sweeping.