I got this thought for a new thread spinning off the recent discomania thread
if you have a thought on how to work smarter
if you have a thought on how to work safer
why don't we compile these for the benefit of all?
i'll go first.
please join in
wear goggles and simple face mask for airbrushing and dusting
when the dust cloud rises mixing confectioner's sugar icing and adding flour to the mixer
you don't want to breath that
watch it when you spray the grease-the-pan sprays
you don't want to breath that either
you only get the one pair of lungs
for the most part
Stay hydrated. Wear supportive shoes. Take a break every hour or so to keep from straining your neck/back/hands. Don't grab a wet potholder to remove a cake from the oven. Have fun!
APlease oh please don't lick the spoon then stir again with it!
Edited to add: for the safer side, raw eggs in the batter can make you sick.
actually for airbrush projects a dust mask would not be sufficient
maybe something like this--comes in small medium & large
plus wearing goggles plus shielding other people from residual particles wafting into the air
(sleeping kids, infants & family)
you'd want to pick the right size mask and be sure that it fits properly
they are not always the most comfortable--or easy to breath through--
people with breathing/lung issues in the first place need to proceed with caution and probably should stop spraying or dusting anything!
for example to test it-- make sure you can't smell anything through the mask--
if you can smell it--the mask is not fitting right--it should make a seal around your mouth & nose forming a triangular seal---adjust until it's right
for example guys with beards automatically fail a fit test because the mask cannot make a tight seal onto their face
make sure you can read a paragraph out loud without breaking the seal and are not turning blue or gasping or anything--takes a little practice/adjusting
the government actually requires yearly fit testing for industries using these masks but for our purposes just making sure we use it and making sure it really fits is a much safer place for your lungs to be
what you don't breathe can't hurt you!!
have a safe day!!!
AIf your hands are hurting from working for too long, take a break to rest your hands (and feet!). They are your most valuable tools.
this is more of work smart idea
when you are rolling out fondant or stirring egg whites on the stove
or cooking fillings or writing inscriptions on a full sheet cake or any wonky shaped cake
getting a step to stand on
for rolling fondant you can use your upper body weight
and lean into the rolling pin
rather than expending your upper body strength
and for cooking and stirring if you can keep your arm
from having to reach up to do the stirring
if you can let your arm drop down into the stirring position
it makes a great difference in the long run
consider getting a small step to stand on when it benefits you ergonomically
i use the steps i got from 'the firm' exercise videos
i'm sure they're available on ebay
ergonomic thoughts for you
save your aching back!!!!
and if your writing on cakes is not on a straight line
lower the cake so you can lean over it to do the writing
write from your shoulder rather than from your elbow
have a safe and easier day!!