Health and Safety

Studying art online can potentially introduce many risks to your health and safety. It is worthwhile considering these potential risk and making sure to address them appropriately before they have an impact.

Consider your workspace

You will undoubtedly spend a significant amount of time in the place you do your work, so it’s important to consider how that workspace will impact on you. If your seat is not properly adjusted to suit you, or your desk is the wrong height for you, or your computer’s monitor not positioned correctly, the accumulation of many hours of these minor issues can cause sore necks, aching muscles, and strained eyes.

Consider general ergonomic principles

You won’t only spend a lot of time at your desk, depending on which units you’re studying, you may also spend a lot of time at an aisle, and you’ll need to consider the ergonomics of that as well. With a bit of forethought, you can greatly reduce fatigue and make working on your art a far more pleasant experience.

Consider the materials you’re working with

It’s always worth taking some time to think about the materials you’re working with. Here are just a few of the questions you should ask yourself before you begin:

  • Are there dangerous chemicals involved?
  • Is good ventilation required while using these materials?
  • What would be the best course of action if the materials were accidentally consumed?
  • Do you need to protect yourself from inhaling particles while you work?
  • Is there a risk that the materials might get into your eyes?
  • Is it possible the materials might cut you?
  • Is there a risk to your body from moving large/heavy materials you’re working with?
  • Is the position and location in which you’ll be working safe?

Personal Protective Equipment

Once you’ve identified that there may be risks involved with the materials you’ll be using, the next step is to protect yourself from those risks. One aspect of managing those risks is by using the appropriate personal protective equipment.

Personal Protective Equipment, often abbreviated to PPE is simply any clothing or gear you can wear to help protect you. Examples include:

  • Eye protection (goggles, visors, safety glasses)
  • Hearing protection (ear muffs and earplugs)
  • Respirators
  • Skin protection (gloves, boots, coats, face shields)