are required to supply their own safety glasses. If you do not have any,
we do sell a variety of protective eye-wear. Safety glass are to be worn
at all times while working in the glass shop.
Working at the point of the torch produces radiation that is bad for your eyes
as well as your skin. Good posture and optimum distance from the flame will reduce
The most common injuries that occur in the glass shop are minor burns and cuts.
Cuts can be the most serous of the injuries, causing possible tendon and nerve
damage. Always be careful when moving around glass. Never push or force glass,
and when working with molten glass always stop moving before the glass.
Minor burns are the most common of injuries. Many of these injuries can be avoided
by working only one end of your rod in the flame. Also. by placing the hottest
end of the rod or tubing away from you when setting them down on the workbench.
More serious burns caused by the flame require immediate attention. Place the
burn under cold water, keeping it submerged for approximately 20 minutes. This
procedure is necessary, because of the exotic mix of gases and carbon. This mixture
formed on the skin can microscopically spontaneously combust casing further damage
to your skin. The water will neutralize the mixture of gasses and carbons.
OXYGEN -- Be aware that many petroleum products can
spontaneously combust when they come in contact with pure oxygen. Never
use oil or oil base products on your regulators or equipment.
PROPANE -- Propane is heavier than air and always store your bottle outside and in an upright position
Flashback Arrestors or Check Valves are advised with the use of all regulators.
Be prepared for your project. Have your work site
and tools set up prior to turning on the flame.
Know your equipment and surrounding.
Make sure ventilation is on.
Be considerate of your neighbor workers. Do Not make sudden moves or distract
others at the flame.
Always ask before borrowing another person's equipment.
We also recommend getting sylvanite (burn ointment), from your local pharmacist.
Avoid creating hazardous waste, i.e. stringers and bubble trash.
Do not force the glass, get it hotter.
Do not burn the glass (looks white-bubbly), move faster.
FIRE BURNS AND GLASS CUTS!!!