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RE: Glass Etching -- safety

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From: Puhl, Kristen K (puhlk_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Oct 02 2003 - 18:13:53 PDT


This probably isn't much help, but my cooperating teacher has been using Armour etch for years with a whole class full of students...they use it under the vent, but the odor isn't too strong, nobody wears gloves, and no injuries have ever been reported, even after skin contact. go figure.

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From: Fields, Linda [mailto:fieldsl@guilford.k12.nc.us]
Sent: Wed 10/1/2003 9:58 AM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
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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

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From: Connie [mailto:crobbins_brady@yahoo.com]
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?

Connie (Colorado)

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