Health & Safety
Like any other profession, there are many health and safety hazards associated with kiln glass. I have a BS in Biology and a MS in Public Health (Industrial Hygiene). For 29 years I was a Health & Safety professional in industry. Before I retired in 2012 to pursue glass art full time, I was a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH – www.ABIH.org) and a Certified Safety Professional (CSP – www.BCSP.org).
The information presented here is “good science” and my personal, professional opinion based on my education and experience since 1980 in the health & safety field and over 20 years of working with glass. I hope this information is useful!
Topics covered include chemicals, noise, heat, non-ionizing radiation and personal protective equipment including respirators.
Industrial Hygiene: The science and art of the evaluation, recognition and control of occupational health hazards. (www.AIHA.org, www.ACGIH.org)
What is Good Science?
- Science that is readily accepted by the scientific community
- Research methods used are readily accepted and proven
- Has substantial supporting evidence from credible sources
- Results have been reproduced by independent researchers
- Data analysis used accepted and proven methods
- Results “Peer Reviewed” by experts in the field