Health and Safety considerations for anyone with a medical condition, physical impairment, vulnerability or pregnancy.
Our courses are suitable for all people, however there are some small areas to be conscious of should you need to take extra precautions for your personal health.
Physical ability: If your physical ability is impaired in any way it is important to inform our staff members so that they can help to make your use of the space as comfortable as possible. From reaching high shelves to moving heavy buckets our team is here to help make your use of our spaces as comfortable as possible. Always ask for assistance before attempting any activity that may cause you harm, we are also able to help moving working surfaces to more accessible areas or levels so please don’t hesitate to ask us to accommodate your needs. Throwing can become uncomfortable for some, it’s an unusual position at the best of times, we have adjustable stools and can raise up wheels to help accommodate you.
Our Peckham Levels studio is fully wheelchair accessible and has accessible toilets.
Use of materials / glazes: The vast majority of our materials are relatively safe to use when done so sensibly and within moderation. However if you are pregnant, suffer from skin a disorder or present with any kind of allergic reaction to materials in the studio we recommend the following to avoid ingestion through or irritation of the skin.
Do not allow skin contact with glazes, underglazes or in particular oxides. Some of our glazes contain oxides to give them their colour, in low percentage dilution – as in the glazes, they present very low to no risk to health, however we would still recommend the use of gloves or tongs when dipping glazes and to exercise great caution when glaze or oxide is in it’s powder state. Do not rub the surfaces of glazed pots once dry as this can make the dust airborne. Do not carry them in your bare hand if they have raw oxide on the outsides.
Black clay also contains an oxide content to give it it’s colour so avoid using this clay or wear gloves if required.
Inhalation prevention: If you are working at anytime with dry materials (unlikely on classes) you must wear the appropriate P3 filter face mask to protect yourself from dangerous effects of airborne dust or oxide.
Vulnerability: If you have a condition that makes you vulnerable within a group of people or in certain activities, whether it is a physical or mental condition we would be happy to discuss this with you in order to better understand your needs. We would never like to assume anything about anyone’s abilities or capacity to work with clay so we work on a case by case basis with an open dialogue. We will always do our best to accommodate your needs in a discrete manner and any personal information will be held in confidence.
To speak to a member of the team about any of the issues above or if you have any further questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, this address comes directly and solely to our two directors Ben and Stuart who will treat your information with the utmost confidence. We hope we can provide you a safe and welcoming environment in which to practise.