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best possible environment to carry out this work is a darkroom
with a fume cabinet. It totally contains the fine chemical powders,
fumes and liquids, provides good ventilation, splash protection
and has running water. While using a fume cabinet might limits
the size of prints that you can make, it eliminates all the potential
health hazards. This facility also has a comical eye wash located
they are expensive, and not found in many photographic facilities.
cabinet at the Photographic dept School of Art Otago Polytechnic
in a well equipped and ventilated darkroom can provide very good protection
and offer running water. It might offer comical eye wash located near
by. If this is not available special plastic bottles can be purchased
that work well. Being aware of the potential dangers allows one to develop
strategies to minimize potential problems.
teaching darkroom with a 5x1 meter wet sink centrally located, and ventilation
directly above the sink.
home darkrooms tend to be poorly ventilated, photographers may breathe
in excessive amounts of chemicals. Encouraging good air flow, and taking
regular breaks can minimize any problems. An appropriate ventilation mask
can be used to assist with this. Special plastic eye wash bottles can
be purchased and kept on hand. Being aware of the potential dangers allows
one to develop strategies to minimize potential problems.
there may be other areas like laundries and warehouses etc. that can be
converted successfully to create an adequate environment. Make sure that
there is good ventilation. An appropriate ventilation mask can be used
to assist with this. Being aware of the potential dangers allows one to
develop strategies to minimize potential problems.
there are some areas which have been used for this work that defy logic.
Areas like kitchens and other areas where food is kept, eaten or prepared
are just not appropriate. It is not wise to work in these areas.
It is also
a good idea to work away from pets and children.
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