Safety and Clean Up

@#$@*$!!! SAFETY *@$#!!!?$

Make sure that you are paying attention to the safety requirements of this class - and remember that you will be tested over all of these instructions! The syllabus provides links to current Safety and Chemical Handling policy documents - all students are expected to review those policies and pass the on-line safety quiz before they use the studio.

You are only allowed to use equipment you have been trained on.

You must not allow anyone else to use equipment they have not been trained on (no guest use of the press, etc).

You must report safety incidents and near misses.

No eating or drinking in the print shop.

Pay attention to the open hours for the SPAC - it is NOT open 24 hours a day, plan accordingly!

The following items are required for safety in the Printmaking Studio:

  • Apron or cover of some sort
  • Goggles
  • Gloves
  • Closed toed shoes

@#$@*$!!! CLEAN UP *@$#!!!?$

Make sure that you are paying attention to the clean up requirements of this class - and remember that you will be graded over how well you maintain the shop...

Don't let our felts for the etching press end up like this:

  • Clean the press bed thoroughly before you print.
  • Always use a piece of newsprint to protect the felts.
  • Use at LEAST TWO pieces of newsprint for heavily inked plates/monotype.

Oil Based Ink Clean Up

The big thing to remember is that oil and water don't mix. There is never any reason to wash oil based in down the sink (we clean it up with vegetable oil and a rag).
Oil Based Ink (Intaglio) = Vegetable oil (NO SINK!)
Acrylic Ink (Screenprinting) = Wipe excess ink off with a paper towel, then rinse in sink. Don't let the ink dry or it becomes plastic...
!!!ALWAYS PUT TOOLS, SQUEEGEES, ETC AWAY!!!