Studio Safety Rules & Regulations

 
 

General Studio Rules

  • First time studio users of the North Carolina Glass Center must complete and sign an Emergency Contact Sheet, a Liability Waiver, and receive approval from a senior manager before being allowed to rent time in any area of the studio.

  • Anyone between the age of 13 and 15 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and they must sign a Liability Waiver.
  • Anyone between the age of 15 and 18 must have a parent sign the Emergency Contact Sheet and Liability Waiver to participate in studio activities.
  • Smoking is not allowed in any area of the North Carolina Glass Center studio.

Attire

  • The correct eye protection is required when working in any area of the studio. After two requests to wear protective glasses, users will, on the third time, have their scheduled time or class participation terminated. Shade 2.0 or 2.5 is recommended for the hot shop.
  • The named studio artist and/or teacher in any area of the studio is responsible for making sure their assistants and/or students wear the correct eye protection.
  • Hearing protection is recommended for certain areas of the studio, e.g. the cold shop.
  • Appropriate clothing should be worn at all times when working in any area of the studio, e.g. no flammable fabrics such as polyester or rayon in the hot shop.
  • Appropriate footwear is required when working in any area of the studio; shoes must have closed toes and backs.
  • If you have long hair you must tie it back when working in any area of the studio.

Safety and Security

  • In the event of a fire, please leave the building immediately through the nearest available exit and report to the technician at the designated safety zone outside the building. Please familiarize yourself with the posted maps.
  • All accidents, no matter how minor, should be reported immediately a staff member or Studio Technician and the Accident Report Form completed.
  • The use of personal music systems and/or headsets (e.g. ipods) is not permitted while working in the hot glass blowing studio.
  • Audible music is allowed in the studio only by permission of the Studio Manager/Technician on duty. Music is only allowed to be played from a central music system and as a comfort to all studio users, if there is issue by ANY studio user with the volume, or type of music being played, that cannot be amicably worked out among the studio users the North Carolina Glass Center staff reserves the right to not allow music in the studio for the day.
  • Any broken and/or defective equipment should be reported immediately to the studio tech. Repairs should not be attempted unless authorized by the Director of Operations.
  • Do not leave valuables unattended. The North Carolina Glass Center is not responsible for theft or damage to personal articles or work left in the facility.
  • For security reasons, do not unlock or prop open any door.
  • No toxic chemicals are allowed in the studio. For clarification on toxic materials please see Director of Operations or Studio Manager.

Conduct

  • Due consideration should be shown for individual welfare and for the welfare of others when working; including, but not limited to, making sure that studio floors are free of any unnecessary clutter and hazards or obstacles that may impede passage of others through said studio, whether it be by staff/students, renters, etc.
  • Workspaces should be kept clean and tidy during working. On completion of projects or classes there is a mandatory clean up that will be approved by the Studio Manager or Studio Technician, prior to vacating the studio/space utilized for the project/class.
  • Access to any area of the North Carolina Glass Center studio will be denied to anyone under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
  • Abusive or violent behavior will not be tolerated and The North Carolina Glass Center reserves the right to cancel the participation of any individual who is considered to be a danger or who exhibits unacceptable behavior towards any staff, students, or renters.

Cleaning

  • You must clean your work area when you are finished. This applies to all equipment and surrounding areas/floors used (usable radius around furnace door, pipe warmers, garages, powder booth) as well as from the hood room heat shield, all the way to the annealer(s) utilized. 
  • Do not leave materials, supplies, or work out overnight in any space other than your personal locker or shelf. Any work, materials, or supplies will be removed in the morning by the North Carolina Glass Center staff.
  • Cleaning must be completed during your rental or class time slot, (i.e., if a rental slot ends at 6pm, work will need to stop at a reasonable time to allow for the proper cleaning measures to be completed and the studio appliances returned to their starting positions by 6pm). If a work station is not clean at the beginning of a blow slot or class time, a Studio Technician should be notified prior to work starting.
  • Individual shelves, table tops, and tops rental lockers should be kept clean and orderly. The maximum height allowed on top of shelving units is 30".
  • After renter initiated clean-up, and prior to exiting the facility, you must check out with the Studio Manager or Studio Technician for final approval of sufficient studio cleaning.
  • Student initiated clean-up shall be overseen by the class instructor and teaching assistant(s) and shall be given final approval by the Studio Manager or Studio Technician prior to vacating the premises.

Hot Shop

  • The wearing of suitable hot shop eye protection is a requirement at all times when working with hot glass. Shade 2.0 or 2.5 is recommended, as long as the shade doesn't impede the user's vision in normal studio usage, i.e., if the shade of glasses prohibits the user's sight when not looking at the furnace/glory hole. Flipping eyewear onto the top of one's head is not an acceptable alternative. Prescription eyewear qualifies as eye protection, although side shields are highly recommended while in any of the studios. After two requests to wear protective glasses (or wear them properly) users will, on the third time, have their scheduled time or class participation terminated.
  • All work unloaded from annealers will be placed on the hot shop shelves. All work must be removed from the shelves within 7 days of the completion of the blow slot. After 7 days, remaining work will be destroyed or recycled without notice.
  • When working in the hot shop clothing should be of natural fibers.
  • No wax is allowed on the marvers. Tools with wax on them must not be placed on the marvers.
  • No fluids OR containers holding fluids of any kind (water bottles, coffee cups, cans, bottles, etc.) are allowed on the marvers at any time.
  • Water soaked shaping tools (paper, paper marvers, etc.) shall not be permitted on unprotected marver tables.
  • All powdered glass must be in sealed containers and no open air sifting of powders is allowed.
  • Cleaning in the hot shop includes: emptying water buckets, pipe break off, (please recycle clear into recycling container – DO NOT empty hot glass into any other dumpster except “glass only” dumpster) returning tools and equipment to proper areas.
  • The job of modifying any hot shop controller or computer is the responsibility of the North Carolina Glass Center staff and shall not be allowed by any studio users.

Cold Shop

  • The North Carolina Glass Center Director of Operations or their designated substitute must certify each individual (unless enrolled in a specific cold working class) on each piece of equipment in the cold shop prior to its use.
  • Do not use any equipment you have not been certified to use.
  • The cold shop is noisy; hearing protection is recommended at all times.
  • It is strongly recommended that dust masks be worn when using certain cold working equipment or materials, e.g. pumice and/or cerium.
  • Dust masks must be worn when undertaking sandblasting.
  • While using any equipment within the cold shop, users need to have long hair tied back, dangling jewelry removed, and apron laces/ties firmly secured out of reach of any of the rotating equipment that may be used.
  • No equipment may be run, at any time, with safety cabinets, belt guards or protective barriers either malfunctioning or out of place as intended by the manufacturer on that particular piece of equipment.
  • When finished, renters/artists are responsible for cleaning the cold shop machines (equipment housings as well as any reservoirs housing grit, grit water mixtures, backsplashes and protective covers) used and mopping the floor around the equipment used as well as counter and table tops. The cold shop machines must be turned off 30 minutes prior to the studio closing to allow for acceptable clean up and removal of personal artwork by renters.
  • After renter-initiated cleanup, and prior to exiting the facility, you must check out with the Studio Manager or Studio Technician prior to vacating the premises for final approval of sufficient studio cleaning.
  • Student initiated cleanup shall be overseen by the class instructor and teaching assistant(s) and shall be given final approval by the Studio Manager or Studio Technician prior to vacating the premises.

Flat Glass / Kilnforming / Moldmaking Area

  • The wearing of suitable eye protection is a requirement at all times when cutting or working with glass.
  • The wearing of dust masks is a requirement when undertaking mold making, shelf preparation, working with fine frit, powdered glass or enamels or glass painting.
  • Do not leave hot wax unattended.
  • Do not dump anything that is not water soluble into any studio sink.
  • Do not dump plaster or silica into any studio sink. Rinse all plaster silica into plaster tub next to sink.
  • Do not place anything on top of the kilns.
  • The job of modifying any kiln controller or computer is the responsibility of the North Carolina Glass Center staff, please allow the Studio Manager or Technicians to do this for you.
  • Proper cleaning of any and all surfaces, studio floors and/or kilns used as well as disposal of any waste generated in slop buckets (plaster/silica waste, glass scraps or cutoffs) by the renter is the sole responsibility of the renter/student.
  • After renter initiated cleanup, and prior to exiting the facility, you must check-out with the Studio Manager or Studio Technician prior to vacating the premises for final approval of sufficient studio cleaning.
  • Student initiated cleanup shall be overseen by the class instructor and teaching assistant(s) and shall be given final approval by the Studio Manager or Studio Technician prior to vacating the premises.

Flameworking Studio

  • The wearing of suitable eye protection is a requirement at all times when working with a torch. Didymium glasses are recommended. Prescription eyewear qualifies.
  • Proper cleaning of any and all surfaces, studio floors and/or kilns used by the renter is the sole responsibility of the renter/student.
  • After renter initiated cleanup, and prior to exiting the facility, you must check out with the Studio Manager or Studio Technician prior to vacating the premises for final approval of sufficient studio cleaning.
  • Student initiated cleanup shall be overseen by the class instructor and teaching assistant(s) and shall be given final approval by the Studio Manager or Studio Technician prior to vacating the premises

Mold Shop

  • There is no storage for work in this room other than drying plaster-silica molds on the specified drying shelves. Molds must have full name, date and cell number left with them.
  • There is no equipment storage in the mold room. All personal wax pots, heating elements and open flames must be removed from the shop when you leave.
  • All personal wax pots, heating elements and open flames must be shut off if left un-attended (if you are not in the room to monitor it.)
  • No open containers of plaster, silica, or the combination may be left out. Plaster and silica must be stored securely in air tight containers in your locker.
  • Respirator or dust mask must be worn when using plaster or silica.
  • Plaster and silica must be mixed under a mobile vent hood regardless of respirator or dust mask.
  • No plaster or silica in the sinks. Buckets, hands, and tools are to be pre-washed in the plaster cleaning bucket. Left over wet material goes into a TRASH BIN not into the cleaning bucket.
  • All wax working must be done under a mobile vent hood.
  • All personal wax pots, heating elements and open flames must be placed under a mobile vent hood.
  • The mold shop is for mold making and wax working exclusively. Please rent time in the flat shop if you would like to cut glass, paint kiln shelves… etc.
  • De-mold in water or under a vent.
  • You must mop and sponge down your work spaces before you leave.
  • Check out with the on-duty tech before you leave.