Guidelines for Physical Hazards in the Arts
As artists may be exposed to many different physical hazards in their jobs—such as repetitive tasks, excessive noise, flying debris, vibrations, certain types of radiation, and heat—EH&S seeks to decrease the risk of exposure to these hazards. Contact EH&S to help you evaluate the physical hazards you might encounter and to determine possible safeguards. Listed below are some general regulations and guidelines to follow when working around these hazards.
OSHA establishes regulations and/or PELs for most physical hazards. Risks of exposure to a physical hazard are primarily related to the intensity, duration, and frequency of exposure.
Follow these general guidelines when working around a potential physical hazard:
- Receive all related training before commencing work (Shop Safety, etc.). Contact EH&S to determine necessary training.
- Carefully follow all standard safety precautions and procedures.
- Wear personal protective equipment (PPE) as appropriate (ear protection, eye protection, etc.).
- Know the location of your safety equipment and how to use it (eyewash, etc.), as well as proper emergency response procedures.
- Ensure that you are not exposed to the hazard beyond its Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL).