Local ventilation solution for hot glass studio fume extraction

Hot glass studio with Sentry Air Model 400 quad fume extractors placed under workbenches.

Above, students in a glass studio learn how to use torches to manipulate glass, a process that can be used to make many types of objects, including beads, furniture pulls and decorative items. Extraction arms, connected to Sentry Air Model 400 fume extractors located under the workbenches, are positioned to pull fumes away from the students and into filters that trap the fumes before they can spread or be inhaled.

We are pleased to see this professional artist’s attention to potential respiratory hazards in her studio classroom.

(We also love the sculptural impact of the flexible extraction arms!)

Working with glass potential exposures

Minerals and metals are used to create beautifully colored glass that studio artists are drawn to.

Glass suppliers may use proprietary recipes for the frit, stringers and sheets they supply. Therefore, it may not be clear exactly which elements are in the glass you buy.

Minerals and metals that may be ingredients in glass.Techniques

Some glass-working techniques, such as fuming, apply a very thin layer of vaporized metals in the form of particles to a glass surface.

While different glasses may have varied degrees of reaction to the high heat of torches, it appears they all experience some thermal decomposition.

This temporary disorganization of the glass allows versions of its ingredients to become airborne.

Finishing techniques may include grinding or sandblasting, and acids.

Metal particles – a respiratory hazard

Any mention of metals and particles makes us take notice because we’ve tested the ability of our fume extractors to remove airborne heat-generated metal particles from a workspace.

Fume extraction arms on Sentry Air Model 400 fume extractors are a sculptural element in a hot glass studio.

Curvilinear extraction arms and a fan of stringers create a visually pleasing contrast.

Fumed glass may be beautiful, but vaporized metals can harm your lungs.

Some metal fumes cause illness. Manganese fumes, for example, can cause a nervous system disorder similar to Parkinson’s. Chromium fume can cause cancer.

Long lives of creativity

We want artists to work comfortably with the media that attracts them. Today you may be working in glass. Tomorrow, you may be working with 3D printers.

It’s smart to view a career in the arts as one that lasts a lifetime. Set up your workspace accordingly.

Address health and safety issues in the studio today. You won’t regret it in the decades to come.

Sentry Air's Model 400 Quad fume extractor with 4 extraction arms.

Model 400 Quad Arm Fume Extractor easily fits most workbenches. It is portable, easily rolled to where it is needed. It can be configured with filtration appropriate for most art techniques, including those that involve metal dust, epoxies, polymers, solder fumes and acids. Four extraction arms pull fumes into filters that trap the fumes and prevent them from spreading.

Give us a call

If you are seeking respiratory safeguards for your studio, give our applications specialists a call at 800.799.4609.

You can also email sales@sentryair.com, or use the comment form below or on our website pages.

 

 

 

Resources

Health Hazard Evaluation
http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/hhe/reports/pdfs/1998-0139-2769.pdf

Safety in Torchville
http://www.aspenhotglass.com/safety.html

Lampworking (flameworking) health and safety guidelines
http://www.sundanceglass.com/safetylg.html

Safety in the kiln-glass studio
https://www.bullseyeglass.com/images/stories/bullseye/PDF/other_technical/kiln_glass_safety.pdf

Art and craft safety guide
https://www.cpsc.gov/PageFiles/112284/5015.pdf

Hot glass forum, Fuming? Help
http://www.glassline.net/forums/showthread.php?t=1545

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