Just a comment about safety in general that this seems a good place
to put. Very often there are threads on Orchid that boggle the mind -
this one has had a bit of that, some are much worse. There is a
short list of essential life lessons, or a least things that make
life tolerable. One very important one is:
If frogs had wings, they wouldn’t flop their asses when they landed.
If your shop fills up with gas, it can explode
If you shoot a tank with an armor piercing bullet, bad things will
If you don’t lie awake nights fretting over everything in your shop,
your family will die
If you drink acid, that would be a life-changing experience
On and on and on… If you didn’t win the lottery, it’s because
you were abducted by aliens the night before and they altered your
Of course, we just treat each other with respect, act like normal
people, and leave the paranoid speculation at the door, most of us.
Don’t fill your shop with gas, don’t drink acid, don’t bathe in
methanol - that’s your job as a jewelry shop manager, large or small.
And use your head or bad things WILL happen - that means: GET
TRAINING. If you don’t understand acid, find out. If you are new to
torches, get trained or at least read some books, as it’s out there.
But, “If you’re driving along and a tank er truck full of cyanide
crashes in front of you, you can guess the rest.” will just drive you
nuts, not to mention the people around you. Almost all of the time,
There’s nothing in a typical jewelry shop run by 90% of Orchidians
that is especially harmful - again, with reasonable training.
Probably the worst hazards are machines and sharp tools. Even in more
industrial shops the re’s not so much - nothing like a chemical
factory has, that’s for sure… Life is too short to make up “could
be” hazards - there’s enough already.