After reading the email about armour etch and it's safety concerns, i'm wondering about alot of other products we use in art. I know many of them are not harmful if properly ventilated, but what about when a whole class is using something like permanent markers? Do any of you use rubber cement with your students? What about cleaning supplies? As a new art teacher, I don't feel very informed on all the specific safety codes and wonder if I am using things that could harm my students! HELP!
Art Teacher- WI
From: Fields, Linda [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Wed 10/1/2003 9:58 AM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: RE: Glass Etching -- safety
I have just been using this product myself. The directions say to wear rubber gloves and have adequate ventilation. I have not noticed any odors or problems, but, then, I am doing it at home-just one of me as opposed to a classroom full. When I purchased the materials, I noticed another product called something like "sand etching"-didn't investigate it, so I can't tell you much more than that. I did noticed little cans of what appeared to be compressed air, so maybe it is a method of sandblasting (probably equally dangerous.) Linda in NC
From: Connie [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, September 30, 2003 3:52 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Glass Etching -- safety
Our district's environmental safety specialist just notified me that several of the art teachers in our district are using the product "Amour Etch" for glass etching projects with the students. This material contains "hydroflouric acid, which is corrosive to skin and irritating if inhaled." All of us are to remove the product imediately.
As the elementary art coordinator, I want to offer teachers an alternative safe resource for glass etching (if there is one.)
Do you have any suggestions for us?
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