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Re: Re: Tempera Paint

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Jerry Deasy (jdeasy)
Sun, 22 Sep 1996 18:10:07 -0500 (CDT)

My understanding of why tempera paint spoils is that
thanks to OSHA the tempera paint must be edible to
be used in schools just in case some students decides
to have tempera as a school "snack."
I complained on several occassions to a paint manufacturer
about the paint spoiling and he was as frustrated as many
of us have been with this problem. I even suggested
that they label the paint must be refrigerated or at least
kept in a cool place to retard spoiling.
I hope you are keeping your additive a secret in case
some looney administrator decides to strictly enforce
the OSHA ruling.
I kidding suggested that maybe students should be prevented
from being in schools because of the cases where people
have burst into flames spontaneously. If such a student
were to go undetected, well.........
Another brilliant example of taking things too far is that
new fire regulations required heat sensors in every part of
the building. As a result of that ruling a newly installed
heat sensor was placed above the ceramic kiln which was in
a seperate room. When you turned the kiln on to warm up
the pieces up, it set off the fire alarm. When the fire alarm went
off I had no idea it came from the art area. Everyone was outside
the building for a good half hour while they checked the school.
I was later reprimanded by the principal for almost burning the
school down. She was told by the company that made the
sensors that it had to be 800 degrees before they went off.
The fact that I was next to the ceramic kiln with several students
did not change her mind. As a result I did not use the kiln
for the next five years because they were convinced I was wrong.