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monona re: dioxins and ball clay (fwd)

updated sun 22 oct 00


Elke Blodgett on sat 21 oct 00

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Date: Sat, 21 Oct 2000 12:26:02 EDT
Subject: Re: dioxins and ball clay (fwd)

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> Date: Fri, 20 Oct 2000 18:38:05 -0700
> From: Numo Jaeger & Michael Miller
> Reply-To: Ceramic Arts Discussion List
> Subject: Re: dioxins and ball clay
> >Now I'm all for using adequate precautions... So, for
> >now, I'm not going to worry about dioxins in clay.
> >I have a life to live, and I don't mean to live it in fear.
> Knowing how to work safely, learning how to take percautions when working
> with certain materials means a life with less fear. This is coming from a
> place of knowledge. It is imperitive to be educated. It is important to
> know as much as you can about the materials that you are working with on a
> regular basis.
> If you supervise other individuals who are working with these materials,
> for instance if you are a teacher, it is your responsiblity as an educator
> to take the information about dioxins in the clay seriously and share it
> with your students.
I just wanted to repost this answer with comment. It is beautifully
expressed and I completely agree. There is a difference between "fear" and
"risk assessment." Getting in your car with fear is not helpful. But
driving with knowledge of the risks enables you to be a safer driver.

We must not just ignore the fact that there are dioxins in the clay.
Instead, we should factor it into our knowledge as one more good reason to
take precautions and to keep open to new information when it is available.

Teaching students about this common sense approach to risk is the only
ethical course of action. And young people and adult students need the
information to make an informed choice about which risks they are willing to

Monona Rossol
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