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Daily Wire Tip Aug. 17: Jewelry Safety- Soldering and Respirators
Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip
August 17, 2010
I noticed in your article A Few Words about Copper, you mentioned that when heating copper, one should use a respirator.
What specific type of respirator is adequate? I’ve seen many kinds at the home improvement store, but they don’t mention the soldering chemicals.
-Essie in Humble, Texas
Thanks so much for asking me to expand upon this subject.
Respirators are extremely important for all of us in many areas of jewelry making. A full-face respirator is not necessary; rather a partial respirator with replaceable filter cartridges will do just fine. You can purchase just the cartridges needed according to which chemicals and materials you are working with at the time. For detailed information regarding the choice and use of respirators, please find your area of interest in this Respirator Fact Sheet from NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health).
No, I cannot tell you which one to purchase, folks. Your choice will depend on what you are doing that requires its use, as found in the article linked above. After you have determined which type of respirator will fit your specific needs, it will be easier to do an Internet search for one to purchase. I know that wearing a respirator is not much of a fashion statement in some circles; however, your health should always come first.
Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong
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