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John Schoonraad

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Started On : 18-Aug-2005 at 09:17:44 AM, #Views : 1742

Topic Subject : Re: RE: an important safety question mark

Your quite right about most people dont wear masks but in reality they should and thats the advice that I am compelled to give I personally never mix the material near the subject, and yes I have worn masks particulary when as I have found the alginate dusty as some times happens, this is normally sent back and replaced but some times you have to soldier on with what youve got on the day and there was once an alginate that was so dusty we felt unwell one I have never used since. and to answer your question I feel the danger must be in its dry state the cilica is most harmfull when its inhaled .
one of the most harmfull substaces in the workshop is clay dust and you may remember me making quite a fuss about putting water down by spritzer when sweeping to keep the dust levels down.
In the mean time wear a mask keep your mixing away from the subject in a well ventolated room may be mix it in another room ,once when life casting Tom hanks I noted his reaction to the dust from the alginate and immedatly move the mixing well away .
The plaster bandage also is very dusty especially when torn we all need a wake up call some times especially when we have people in our charge ,every mother knows that even baby powder(talc) can be harmfull when inhaled .
So lifecasters start putting your masks on while mixing a light dust mask will do, it cant hurt but it may help, saftey is paramount it cannot be stressed enough in the business of life casting awarness is the key to saftey and a good job .

 
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