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Some safety sites to check out

Hi all,

Here is a list (still incomplete) that I gathered earlier when researching
the safety book. If you copy them from this email into your browser you
can visit them.

best wishes


These sites address safety issues. Various search engines were used, my
favorite is

Hotbot allows you to use as many keywords you like in a string. These
keywords, among others were used:

hazard safety metals substitute substitution occupational health hygiene
industrial safer ventilation jewelry, loss control, risk management,
procedure exposure NIOSH OSHA, manual handling,
A list of MSDS sites with the number of MSDS sheets compiled in each site.
A really excellent safety site with a ton of good links.
Michael McCann’s Arts Safety and Hazards site (Center for Safety in the
Arts= ).
The Artswire pagae of links to different issues, Interesting reading. The
Jewelry/Metals safety and hazards page from McCann’s site.
McCann’s links pages for health and safety.
A very good article on lead hazards in the arts by Angela Babin.

MSDS sheets on line for a number of solvents and other products.
OSHA directive on respirators
OSHA rules for eyewear
OSHA index of regulations
The hazardous solvent substitution data bank, an on line system to find
substitutes for solvents.
A good set of pages on terpenes (D-limonene etc) and safety.
A good page on chemical safety
CIS page of international O and S links and
NIOSH international safety card for borax
The NIOSH international safety cards index, in an incredible number of
languages, including Swahili.
Oregons on-line OSHA course introduction page
An extensive hazardous waste bibliography
One part of a large bibliography on ergonomics

Grant, K., D. Habes, T. Hales, W. Daniels. 1993. Case studies: Biochemical
hazards in a jewelry manufacturing facility. Applied Occupational and
Environmental Hygiene 8(2):90-96.
Health Canada’s huge list of free publications and posters they will send
you upon request. Their safety posters include ones for jewlry and
Pacific Rim Dental MSDS sheets for dental casting products, alginate molds
e= tc.
Solvent replacement guide page
cool online interactive form to find solvent replacemtn for your
particular problem. This site is really excellent.
The US armed forces are into safety and hazard reduction. Here is a
starting page for it.
The US Navy’s solvent and cleaning substitution sytem. Boy these folks are
g= ood.
Health and Safety publications in the arts, factsheets too.
The Mining Company guide to arts and crafts hazards. A theatre bent to the
i= nfo
the ergoweb (ergonomics=BA site search engine page.
University of Victoria’s very nicely done Health and Safety Manual
Oxford University’s MSDS index, an excellent, huge, site.
Australia’s very excellent gateway to pamphlets and on
occuspational hazards, chemicals etc. A very nice system.
The Australian occupational health home page.
The index to finding items on their site.
Dept of Energy site map for Health and Safety info-a nice site.
Table of content for DOE technical info reports.
Eye safety regulations from the US dept of energy
Search engine for DOE technical information
SafetyNet listing of articles on chemical safety
An excellent resource on which gloves work with which chemicals.
Australian search engine for health and safety-very nicely done.
DOE’s ‘lessons learned’ search engine.
Interesting DOE site, (Hanford)

Charles Lewton-Brain/Brain Press
Box 1624, Ste M, Calgary, Alberta, T2P 2L7, Canada
Tel: 403-263-3955 Fax: 403-283-9053 Email: @Charles_Lewton-Brain

Metals info download web site:
Book and Video descriptions: Gallery page at:

Thank you Charles! What a colossal list on health/safety issues you have
compiled. Saved a hard copy just in case my disk crashes. Thanks for all
your effort!!

Nancy <@nbwidmer>
ICQ # 9472643
Bacliff, Texas Gulf Coast USA

Hi folks…

Seeing that posting on the safety sites (thanks for sending it, Charles)
reminded me of something that happened to an acquantance several years

He lost almost everything in his studio because of one oversight.

He is a sculptor (bronze) and does a lot of garden-type figures and has
done some monumental work. The largest piece he has worked on was a
10-foot high bronze of a young man. He works from originals in sculptor’s
wax or clay. He makes his own plaster moulds and does all of his own

This guy was, at the time, working out of a small industrial building,
about 20-feet wide by about 40-feet deep. It had a tiny front office and a
even-tinier washroom.

Inside the larger area were his various workbenches, sandblaster, engine
lathe, hoist, shelves and shelves of wax originals (in all sizes). The
waxes alone represented a monumental accumulation of work.

Anyhow, this guy was using an electric deep fryer pot to melt small
volumes of wax in. That’s the kind of pot you might prepare french fries
in. (Hey, you can get these things for a couple of bucks at a yard sale –
and it sure beats spending $200 and up for a wax pot from a legit supply

On the particular day in question my buddy punched out of the studio and
went home for some well-deserved rest. Only thing is, he didn’t turn
off/unplug his deep fryer.

This little appliance held about a quart of wax and – unlike heated
vessels made for this wax-melting purpose – can get real hot. Like about
500F hot and even more…

It appears our sculptor had the pot cranked right up. Have you ever seen
what happens to wax when it gets extremely hot. Apart from stinking to
high heaven, it liberates great volumes of waxy smoke. (Consider this
’smoke’ an aerosol fuel, with each tiny drop surrounded by oxygen.)

Guess what happens when a high enough concentration of this wax smoke
builds up around a real hot heating element?


That’s what happened here.

The explosion did not destroy the building but it did destroy anything
within 10 feet of the wax pot. If that wasn’t bad enough, a fire was also
started and, with lots of wax and wood about, the fire got going real hot
and spread real quick.

I got there shortly after the firefighters did and before the sculptor
did. The place was a huge mess with flames ‘rolling’ inside the structure.
Fire is so absolute and so complete. Firefighters had a scare too.
That’s because our sculptor has several 100-pound tanks of propane inside
the now-burning structure. (Propane was used to fire his metal smelter).
Believe me, the authorities were not very happy about that one and slapped
a ‘cease and desist’ order on him as soon as he recovered from the
immediate impact of the explosion and fire. Once he got the place rebuilt
he was require to, at all times, store the propane tanks outside in a
locked, metal cage. Only once he had done that was he allowed to continue
his work inside the building.

Sculptor, who hadn’t insured anything, lost almost everything that he had
accumulated over about 15 years. What survived were several bronzes,
complete with oily black patina, the lathe, sandblaster, and a snowplow
for his Volkswagen.

The deep fried didn’t survive, which was probably a good thing.

A business professor that I know once said to me that the truly smart
person learns from his or her mistakes. He added, however, that the truly
wise person learns from the mistakes of others.

Jeff Booth / oakville / ontario / canada