Working with clay, whether in its natural form or in crafting, pottery, or sculpting, can pose potential risks to your respiratory health if proper precautions are not taken.
Potential hazards of inhaling clay particles:
- Dust Inhalation: Dry clay can generate fine particles that, when inhaled, may irritate the respiratory system and contribute to respiratory issues over time.
- Silica Content: Some clays contain silica, a crystalline mineral that, when inhaled as fine dust, can lead to silicosis, a serious lung disease.
- Preventive Measures: To minimize health risks, it’s important to work in well-ventilated areas, wear appropriate masks, and use dampening techniques to reduce dust.
By following safety guidelines and using protective equipment, you can enjoy working with clay while safeguarding your lung health.