Printmaking Health and Safety Guidelines

Printmaking Health and Safety Guidelines

Use of Solvents: (mineral spirits, solvent alcohol, lithotine)

  • Do Not use solvents for general clean-up.  Vegetable oil or baby oil is the safest way to clean plates, inking slabs, brayers, etc.  Follow with soap and water wash up (diluted dish soap is in marked containers) and/or glass cleaner (windex).
  • When using solvents, always use exhaust fans located above over the main entrance door by the parking lot.  The switch is located by the door.  Only use solvents on tables near the ventilation area, or on the litho press.
  • All solvent-soaked rags or paper towels should be disposed of in red metal can marked “Empty Every Night”
  • All solvents should be stored in the flammables cabinet; the large cabinet is kept locked, and contains large containers for faculty use, and the small cabinet is kept unlocked for storage of small containers for student use.
  • Wear gloves when handling and using solvents. Each student is responsible for purchasing her or his own disposable gloves. Reusable gloves are provided by the department but offer less protection to solvent exposure.

Use of Acid Booth:

  • When using the acid booth, be sure to turn on the ventilation fan. The switch is on the left side of the booth.
  • Always wear rubber gloves, eye protection, and apron when using acid.
  • Never open, use, or pour acid yourself.  Only use the provided acid bath.  Opening and pouring acid is only done by faculty.
  • Never use straight nitric acid (except for stone lithography).
  • Clean up any acid spills using the spill kit in the cabinet.  Use gloves and eye protection. Notify instructor immediately.
  • If you get acid on any part of you or your clothing, flush immediately with plenty or water.  Seek first aid if necessary.
  • When you are finished using the acid bath cover the bath; rinse all plates, trays, and gloves/hands; turn off ventilation and lights.

Use of Secondary Darkroom (off computer lab):

·       Always use gloves and eye protection when handling chemicals.

·       Keep hands always from blades, particularly when using a straight edge.

·       Don't stare at the light from the exposure unit-the UV radiation can damage your eyes.

·       No solvents

·       Keep floor clean and dry.

·       If eyes or skin are exposed to chemicals, flush with clean water thoroughly.

Use of Tools & Equipment:

  1. X-Acto and utility knives:

·       Always use sharp blades.

·       Keep hands always from blades, particularly when using a straight edge.

  2. Motorized tools:

·       Always wear eye protection.

·       Keep hands and loose clothing away from moving parts.

·       Pull long hair back.

·       Make sure tool has stopped completely before walking away, return tool to its location.

  3. Presses:

·       Keep hands and loose clothing away from rollers and moving parts (particularly with the electric press).  Pull long hair back.

·       Avoid using excessive pressure – this can damage press blankets, plates and can create a hazardous situation.

·       Never run any objects other than plates and approved objects through the presses – blanket and/or press damage will result.

   4. Hot plate:

·       Use appropriate temperature for the task.

·       Never leave hot plate unattended while in use.

·       Always double check to make sure that the hot plate is turned OFF when finished and when leaving the studio.

·       Never leave newsprint or paper on the hot plate.

  6. Fire Safety

·       No smoking in the building

·       Make a habit of checking the hot plate before you leave to make sure it is turned off.  This is particularly important if you are working alone or are the last one to leave.

·       Small Fire – use fire extinguisher next to door. Call campus police at (740) 245-7268.

·       Large Fire – if fire becomes to large for fire extinguisher, leave the building, but stay nearby to give firemen information. Call 911 immediately.

7. General Safety

·       Spills – promptly clean up all spills of water, inks or oils from the floor.  Always use soap and water as final wash-up step.  Be sure the area is no longer slippery when you’ve finished.

·       Food – avoid eating or drinking in the studio.  Always wash hands thoroughly before eating – many pigments and other shop substances are toxic when ingested.

·       Cleanliness – keep work areas clean and free of obstructions.  Messy areas are not only frustrating to work in, they can present safety hazards.  Hang up jackets and bags.

·       Common Sense­ – this room is nearly always open to you.  Use it as much as you can but use some common sense.

·       Never use equipment or materials unless you have been instructed in its proper use and care.

·       Don’t work when you are too tired to think clearly.

·       Don’t take risks with tools and equipment