How can I prevent health problems from crafts work

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Pottery making: Open windows and doors for better air flow. Blow air out with a fan if there is electricity. Wear a protective mask that keeps dust out.

Pottery painting: See 'Lead poisoning'.

Sewing, embroidery, knitting, lace making, weaving: If possible, increase the amount of light on your work and rest often. See 'Sitting or Standing for a Long Time' and 'Repeating the Same Movement.'

Work with wool and cotton: Improve air flow, and wear a mask that will not let fibers through.

Use of paints and dyes: See the prevention information in 'Work with Chemicals'.

Soap making: Use protective gloves and avoid contact with lye.

  • Burns, A. A., Niemann, S., Lovich, R., Maxwell, J., & Shapiro, K. (2014). Where women have no doctor: A health guide for women. Hesperian Foundation.
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