Every potter/ceramics artist needs to understand how to minimize exposures to hazardous materials. There is an abundance of information available today on every chemical used in your studio (and your house and garage, for that matter). Several years ago, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) required manufacturers to prepare a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for each hazardous material they produce, and to provide them, upon request, to the consumers of those products.
How to Find an MSDS
In addition to the supply house from which you purchase the material, an excellent source of MSDSs is the Internet. Not only do you receive the information immediately, you have access to as many as you like. This can be particularly useful because, although OSHA requires that MSDSs be prepared and available, there is no mandate for the information to be presented in a uniform way, and manufacturers have a great deal of leeway regarding what information is included in the MSDS. Read More…