Safety page

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keithmelville's picture
Joined: 03/18/2004

Here's a thought. Seems to me it would make sense to have a page or section somewhere dedicated to easy-to-find safety info -- data sheets on resins, solvents, catalyst, info on UV lights, respirators, masks, eye protection, types of gloves to use -- what to do in the event of chemicals in your eyes, smoking resin, etc etc etc.

Most of this info is here already in one form or another, but it's not readily accessible to beginners.

I was thinking of this in the context of a "walk-thru" or tutorial for the first timers. Eg. A page on tools, a page on safety, a page on picking blanks, a "how to shape" checklist, "how to glass" checklist, catalyst ratio charts, sanding instructions... on the other hand, maybe that makes it all too easy!!

In any event, I think the safety stuff is a good idea.

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Joined: 03/18/2004

Excellent idea - should the safety sections maybe be somehow inescapable? Say, either safety sections like planer safety right at the end of how to select and use a planer or set so the only way to get to the next section is through a safety with this stuff page? A link to Emergencies from all pages, catalyst in the eyes, acetone in the eyes, etc, info from the MSDS sheets? I think they are all public domain, by the way......

Resin smoking: It's Too Late to use that batch...... with heavy gloves and face protection on, take it outside before it burns down your shop.

dunno, just a few immediate ideas....

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keithmelville's picture
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That might be a good way to do it, at least for the beginners "teach me to shape" links... I for one hate popups and similar, it would annoy people if they had to get a safety lecture every time they logged in.

I can envision someone doing a really funny "smoking resin" video clip to illustrate that particular problem. Although, I remember the first time I did that, and it wasn't all that funny...

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yeah, I'm in agreement on popups..was thinking more like the link to the next section would necessarily be through a safety page which would force the newbies to at least look at it in passing. When I think about all the stuff I haven't done to myself but came close. Wasn't there a thread on 'dumbest things you ever did with tools' or something like that late last year?

Hot batches.... buddy of mine once did a somewhat excessively hot batch. The resin turned black after he took off for the day, actually burnt up the foam inside the board he was fixing. He came back to find this blackened fiberglass skin around...ashes.....Fixable, no. Explainable, no. Screwup? Oh yeah.

woops....... come to think of it, Ol' Foggy said 'woops' a lot, about a lot of things. Prolly why he's on Wife #4.....

and then there is the guy who barbecues with lox. Not the smoked salmon..... http://www.ambrosiasw.com/Ambrosia_Times/September_95/2.5HowTo.html

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I've seen that bbq w/ liq. ox. before. Never tried it though - a bit too nutso for me! (Although as a kid we called white gas "boy scout water" and used it to start campfires...) Yes, the fools with tools thread was/is hilarious. It should be on the "classic thread" page if it isn't already.

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Plus it's too difficult to get and keep LOX before a barbecue - there's always somebody that uses it up to keep the beer cold.

Though the fools with tools...what was the name of that one???

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looked in the archives but couldn't find it - although there were notes about it in the "best of 2003" discussion as one of the funnier threads, so it must have just been last year...

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Yeah, I looked too...and finally stumbled across it - search word to use was 'darwin'

http://www.swaylocks.com/forum/gforum.cgi?post=137267;search_string=darwin;#137267

y'know, sometimes there's stuff that's pleasant to read, just 'cos it's something you haven't done...yet, anyways......

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