CERF+ offers new Studio Safety Guide

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CERF+ announces the release of the organization’s new Studio Safety Guide and resource poster for artists, including woodworkers.

The 12-page guide is designed as a reference and workbook to help artists reduce risks to themselves, their artwork and their careers. Topics range from building safety and regulations to the proper handling of hazardous material. Tips and checklists allow for a hands-on approach to being prepared. A companion poster features key information for a quick visual reference.

“This latest edition of our Studio Safety materials is part of our ongoing effort to help artists be prepared and stay safe,” James Hafferman, deputy director of CERF+, said in a statement.

“At CERF+, we envision a future where working artists thrive and have a safety net of resources and support to sustain their livelihood, studio and art. Often, artists are navigating unfamiliar territory when looking for or managing studios. In addition to focusing on their art, we want them to have a stable and safe place to work. The Studio Safety Guide and poster puts a practical tool into artists’ hands to help them be prepared right away.”

“Studio safety is important because as artists we want to focus our energy on being creative,” added furniture maker Craig Thibodeau. “That’s difficult to do while working in an unsafe environment. Keeping safety in mind when setting up your workspace lets you be more creative in the long run.”

The guide can be downloaded for free at www.cerfplus.org.

This article originally appeared in the December 2018 issue.

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