​​​WORKS OF ART IN KILN-FORMED GLASS

HEALTH & SAFETY - NON-IONIZING RADIATION

For non-ionizing radiation, Infrared (IR) is the frequency of most concern to kiln glass artists.

  • Occurs whenever there is radiant heat (glowing)
  • Eyes are most affected
  • IR is absorbed by iris, cornea, lens
  • Can result in: “Dry Eye” or “Glassblower’s Cataracts” with high, long term exposure
  • Goal is to minimize IR transmission


Protection:
Wear appropriate protective lenses. ANSI (American National Standards Institute) has standard shades for blocking IR and visible light transmission:






Remember - the goal is to minimize IR transmission, so the LESS the IR transmission, the better. However there is a trade-off. Decreased IR transmission means decreased visible light transmission so the more protection you get, the harder it will be to see through them.

Basic Rules for Infrared Radiation Exposure:

  • A periodic “peek” in the kiln is not a problem
  • The main exposure risk is viewing > 1 minute at a time
  • Wear appropriate protective lenses if you are going to be looking at molten glass for more than one minute.