Work Smart And Above All Work Safe!

Decorating By -K8memphis Updated 13 Jan 2013 , 1:38pm by -K8memphis

-K8memphis Posted 7 Jan 2013 , 5:20pm
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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

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-K8memphis Posted 7 Jan 2013 , 5:23pm
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be safe 


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



Spooky_789 Posted 8 Jan 2013 , 4:19am
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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!

tykesmommy Posted 8 Jan 2013 , 5:38am
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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.

-K8memphis Posted 8 Jan 2013 , 8:06pm
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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!!!

tykesmommy Posted 9 Jan 2013 , 12:59am
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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.

-K8memphis Posted 13 Jan 2013 , 1:36pm
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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!!

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