Safety Guide Services

Safety guides in connection to an art studio/workshop

Terry Beard - Safety Guide Services

Introduction
During the creation of art in studios and workshops, many activities take place which involve potentially harmful chemicals and materials that pose health and safety risks. These risks fall on both the artisans and clients or visitors that visit the studio. Those working in these workshops carry the duty to ensure that the studios don’t pose any of these risks and dangers. The studio should abide to health and safety legislative rules. Apart from the processes, physical activities in the studio can also pose threats to the artists’ health, career and quality of life lived.

It’s therefore up to the artists to assess their studios and the methodology of doing things and whatever they use. They should then identify risks and threats posed and then put in place measures to eliminate the risks.

Reasons for having safety guide services

It educates the artists working in the studio on understanding the potential physical and health hazards and risks posed by the tools and chemicals used in the process of making masterpieces.
Explains the appropriate and safe procedures to be followed when handling hazardous substances. This includes mixing processes that come in to play during the art sessions.
The safety guide services comes from assessment of potential risks and hazards thus it comes up with a solution to these risks. The controls that come up after evaluation of these risks advise on the appropriate equipment and attire to be worn when working or when using various rooms in the studio for example, the dark room.
It notifies the clients or visitors in the studio on practices that are allowed in the studio and those that go against the policies.

Development of safety guide services
To compose a certified and appropriate safety guide that applies to a specific studio, a step by step procedure called the risk assessment has to be followed. The risk assessment procedure encompasses the following activities:

1. Analyzing of the studio
This step involves the listing of all the activities that the artists carry out in the studio, the areas that the visitors are allowed to visit and those that they are not authorized to and mapping the location of utilities and equipment in the studio and these include: radiators, dark rooms, chemicals, shelves and other items that come into play during art sessions.

2. Identifying the risks and hazards that come with activities and equipment used
A couple of hazards come up when thorough analyzation is done. Examples of hazards include
i. Chemical hazards
These come with toxic chemicals used and the dangers they pose when being used. Chemical hazards may also be posed by substances that are generated during the artist’s work activities which include fumes, solvent vapors and end waste after the process which is all specified in the safety guide services we offer.

ii. Biological hazards
Some natural or organic materials used pose dangers to individuals’ health especially people with allergies. Working on some materials also comes with respiratory disorders.

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iii. Electrical hazards
These are posed by untrunked cables and similar risks that may cause electric shocks. Some electric faults also threaten to cause electric-related fires so needless to say safety guide services are a must for professionals working with electrical equipment.

iv. Mechanical hazards
They involve damage to the body parts form objects used and may happen during studio works. The common mechanical hazard include cuts, bruises, scrapes and burns on the body. They come about from mishandling of the tools used when in session which makes safety guide services extremely important to avert these sorts of mishandling.

3. Rating the level of risk that comes with each hazard
This is done by evaluating the likelihood of occurrence of injury and the extent of the injury to the individual or the art studio. This step requires judgement from those conducting the assessment on deciding on the severity that comes with each hazard.

4. Evaluating of controls
This step involve checking whether the controls put in place work efficiently in catering for all the hazards found in safety guide services. If the controls that are already in place do not serve efficiently then they can be adjusted or new ones put in place.

Control measures for safety in the studio
After the risk assessment process is done with, controls are put in place with the sole purpose of eliminating or reducing the risks found. The controls should be implemented beginning with the most effective control.

1. Elimination
This is whereby a hazard as specified in safety guide services that can be eliminated is completely done away with and this applies for those equipment or materials that can be foregone especially toxic components.

2. Substitute
If there are materials that pose a major hazard and have alternative substitutes in the market, it would be wise to use the less hazardous substitute to avoid major risks.

3. Engineering
This is installing physical measures or controls to deal with the dangers posed in safety guide services. For example in the case of fire hazards, there should be installation of fire extinguishers at most prone areas.

4. Administrative
Here, warnings signs and notification of hazards should be put in place to keep all the people around that area aware of the risks it poses this is a key feature in safety guide services.

5. Personal protective equipment
This is a collective name for any attire or gear that may be worn when in a specific part of the studio to protect individuals from potential dangers. For example where there is a lot of cutting, goggles can be worn to prevent debris from entering one’s eyes. Gloves can also be used when handling corrosive chemical components as stated in safety guide services.

Other control measure that can be implemented to ensure safety in studios include:

1. Escape routes
These mainly come into play in cases of fire breakouts. For a standard escape route there should be 550 mm of exit catering for every 100 people to prevent cases of congestion or stampedes. Escape routes should also be well lit

2. Audience seating
Studios often have an audience of visitors and clients who come to view the art. There should be two exits in the area harboring audiences and the closest exits should be at least 20 meters from this area this is a must in our safety guide services. The distance between rows should also be wide enough to accommodate moderate exiting during evacuation.

3. Regulation of leisure activities
Activities like smoking should have designated areas preferably outside the studio since they pose a major threat in studios.

Conclusion
Safety guide services is key in any studio and all measures should be put in place to ensure all the occupants of a studio at any specific time are safe from any potential hazards. Safety guide services play a major role in ensuring safety in a studio. A well-crafted safety guide service should cater for all factors that threaten the well-being of artists or visitors as well as the studio itself as it hold valuable items too. All individuals are expected to follow the guide and should be well acquainted with it.