Question asked 2019-04-26 20:41:17 ...
Most recent comment 2019-05-02 10:21:09
Health and Safety
Hello everyone. I have a question concerning health issues as I am going to begin doing egg tempera. Seeing that we handle pigments I think it is preferable to wear a protection mask so as not to breathe or inhale the toxicity of the pigment. Could you give me some advice on that I can anticipate? Thank you.
Answers and Comments
Hi there.....great question....in general the use of UNBOUND pigments is truly where the concern lies (so in powdered, loose form). However there are certainly some pigments where one should take head when it comes to contact with the skin, etc. even if they are bound in a medium (such as egg tempera) or not. Are you preparing your own pigment pastes? I will also reach out to some of our Health and Safety experts in the meantime.
For specific info regarding proper health and safety precautions when it comes to handling paints and other potentially hazardous material you might find our Health and Safety Document in the "Resources" section here to be somewhat useful.
In my opinion, one should always wear a particle filter mask when handling any powders where airborne particles are present, even less risky materials. I remember, decades ago, a batch recall of a particular brand of marble dust, which was found to contain asbestiform particles. Since then, I've always recommended the "better safe than sorry" approach.
Pigments can be handled more easily, as Kristin suggests, by storing them as a paste with a wetting agent like distilled water or denatured alcohol (the latter is particularly good for pigments that don't mix as readily with the medium).
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