Lapidary Health Hazards and Safety Tips

Whether you’re a gem cutting hobbyist or a professional, new to the business or an old-timer, it’s always good to brush up on safety. This article identifies lapidary health hazards and focuses on ways to keep you from being chronically ill.
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A Tanzanian lapidary cuts tanzanite. Without proper protective gear, he may experience health issues due to mineral dust. “A Tanzanite gemcutter brings out the sparkle in the stone” by Africraigs. Licensed under CC By-SA 4.0.

Avoiding Lapidary Health Hazards: Proper Ventilation and Protective Gear

The major health hazards lapidaries face are dust (inhalation, ingestion, and contact with the eyes) and dermatitis due to improper skin protection.

Proper ventilation is necessary for any lapidary or jeweler’s workshop. Between dust and odorous chemicals, there’s good reason to invest in a ventilation system. You may want to hire an HVAC expert …

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