No doubt this topic has been discussed ad infinitum on this forum so apologies in advance.
I’ve been “in the business” as a bench jeweler for a number of years and have worked in, as well as visited, several shops. One of the seemingly common denominator between these shops, with exception to one that I’ve worked in, is that they are lax, dare I say ignorant of protocols to prevent toxicity from jewelry workshop chemicals. Generally what I see is people putting hands in ultrasonics to clean their fingers after polishing, lack of ventilation hoods for soldering/plating setups, lack of specialized dust collection units for at the bench polishing, and the list goes on.
This ignorant apathy seems to be fueled by one of three things; the need for speed, a tough guy/superman attitude, and general cheapness on the part of the brazen bosses.
I would like to know how you, fellow Orchidians, overcome this seemingly omnipresent environment, or endure it day to day. On the other hand, if you open your studio window and breathe only verdant clear meadow air from skylight soaked studios while your hepa filter gently hums away, I would like to hear your story too.
Finally, a quick thanks to Charles Lewton Brain for publishing the monumental “Jewelry Workshop Safety Report”.