Auraria Sculpture Studios
Casting metal is an inherently dangerous process that can result in serious injury or death.
Students must have direct faculty or Studio Manager supervision to operate foundry equipment.
Safety measures will be discussed and shown in class and it is mandatory that they be followed.
It is everyones responsibility to keep an eye out for dangerous situations or behavior, and point them out to the instructor or Studio Manager immediately.
Always use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when working in the foundry. If you have questions, ask the Studio Manager or your instructor.
o All personal clothing and footwear must be flame resistant (e.g. cotton, leather).
Focus on the job at hand.
o Have all moves planned and rehearsed prior to any operation.
o Pay attention to your surroundings whether you are pouring or just observing.
Keep the work area clear of obstructions.
Even trace amounts of moisture and molten metal don't mix! Steam explosions are the #1 cause of death in foundries.
o NEVER put water on a metal fire.
o Never pour over wet surfaces.
o Always charge crucibles when still cold.
Adding metal to a hot crucible is very dangerous, as moisture on the metal can cause the contents of the crucible to explode.
Always use the sand pit when pouring, and be sure that molds are stable.
o Spilled molten metal can travel for a great distance- keep work areas clear.
o Molten metal spilled on concrete will cause the concrete to explode.
Always use clean metal as feedstock.
o Combustion vapors from metal coatings and associated chemicals can be very toxic.
Always use the ventilation fans when using the burnout kiln or the furnace, as fumes and dust generated can be toxic.
o Fan switches should be returned to the AUTO position at the end of the working session.