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Alphabetical Listing of Reference Documents by Title
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A.C.T.S. Providing Safety and Hazard Information for the Arts
Abstract: "A.C.T.S. is a not-for-profit corporation that provides health, safety, industrial hygiene, technicals services, and safety publications to the arts, crafts, museums, and theater communities. "Included is a section on data sheets and books and safety issues (all about wax, dyes and pigments, labels: reading between the lies, and understanding the MSDS).
Source: Arts, Crafts, and Theater Safety
Are Art Supplies Toxic?
Abstract: This article by Tracy Fernandez Rysavy from the May/June 2007 edition of Co-op America's Real Money newsletter discusses labels to look for when considering the health hazards of art supplies; health issues related to paints, crayons, markers, clay and glue; sources of alternative products; and provides a list of resources as well as a recipes for homemade finger paints and juice dyes.
Source: Co-op America's Real Money
Art and Creative Materials Institute
Abstract: ACMI is recognized as a leading authority on art and craft materials, and they emphasize providing the public with art and craft materials that are non-toxic using certification seals to inform the public on the safety of art products.
Source: Art and Creative Materials Institute
Art Safety Training Guide
Abstract: "This training guide provides basic information for working safely with chemicals and operations in visual arts. The guide is intended to supplement, but not replace, the safety orientation for faculty and students in visual arts."
Source: Environmental Healty Safety, Princeton University
Arts and Crafts Can Be Hazardous
Abstract: Craft materials are listed that contain toxic or harmful chemicals along, with some information on risks and how exposures occur.
Source: True Art
Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics (AOEC)
Abstract: Since its founding in 1987, the Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics (AOEC) has grown to a network of more than 60 clinics and more than 250 individuals committed to improving the practice of occupational and environmental medicine through information sharing and collaborative research. They offer a link to occupational and environmental state clinics. AOEC goals include to aid in identifying, reporting, and preventing occupational and environmental health hazards and their effects to encourage the provision of high-quality clinical services for people with work or environmentally related health problems; to provide a means for occupational/environmental health clinics to share information that will better enable them to diagnose and treat occupational/environmental diseases; to increase communication among clinics concerning issues related to patient care; to facilitate liaison between clinics and agencies responsible for workplace/environmental monitoring; and to provide a source of data for research projects related to occupational/environmental health.
Source: Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics
California Health and Safety Code Section 108500-108515
Abstract: Health and safety regulations related to art and craft materials.
Source: Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment
Developing Environmental Safety in the Arts - - Princeton's Approach [PDF]
Abstract: This 45-slide presentation covers a variety of art topics and styles as well as environmental hazards.
Environmental Health & Safety in the Arts: A Guide for K-12 Schools, Colleges and Artisans
Abstract: Environmental Compliance and Best Management Practices Guidance Manual for K-12 Schools, with emphasis on the arts including fine arts labs/art studios, photography labs, and computer labs.
Source: U.S. EPA Region 2
Environmental Virtual Campus
Abstract: Selecting one of the menu options provides information on federal requirements for specific areas. Options include art/theater as well as many other areas of a campus. Within art/theater, information is provided on best practices for darkrooms, paints, printing, and etching waste. This interactive Web site is designed to help colleges and universities understand regulatory requirements.
Source: Campus Consortium for Environmental Management
Exposing Ourselves to Art
Abstract: This is an excellent overview of the hazards found in art education.
Source: Environmental Health Perspectives
Greening Your Lessons -- Art
Abstract: This portal provided by Greening Schools for art educator resources covers a broad spectrum of concerns from health and safety to lessons.
Source: Greening Schools, Ilinois Waste Management and Research Center
Guidelines for the Safe Use of Art and Craft Materials
Abstract: This guide provides a focus on education guidelines for elementary art materials and exposure concerns. Included are special concerns regarding children in kindergarten and grades 1-6. Although available for California, this resources is one of the more comprehensive in the country.
Source: Office of Enviornmental Health Hazard Assessment, California
Health and Safety Guide for K-12 Schools [PDF]
Abstract: This guide's primary focus is to recommend good health and safety practices to help ensure safer schools in the state of Washington. It is not aimed at prevention of intentional violence in schools. It provides a guide for use by department personnel during routine school inspections for identifying violations of good safety practices. Topics included are building maintenance and operations; general safety; plumbing, water supply, and fixtures; sewage disposal; indoor air quality; HVAC preventative maintenance; sound control; lighting; food service; science classrooms and laboratories; playgrounds; animals in schools; pesticide use in school; visual and performing arts education; and athletics. In the appendix, protocols, inspection forms, lists of appropriate chemicals (science labs), and chemicals for visual and performing arts are included.
Source: Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Health and the Arts Program
Abstract: The mission of the Health in the Arts Program is to diagnose, treat, and prevent arts-related disorders among people working in all aspects of the arts. There is increasing recognition that work in the arts can involve health risks such as exposures to toxic materials and hazardous physical conditions. Injuries and repetitive motion disorders can also result from practice and from work in the arts.
Source: University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health
Health Hazards for the Artist [PDF]
Abstract: This bibliography includes information available in the Gund Library of the Cleveland Institute of Art. Includes listings for books, periodicals, cassettes, and web resources. (PDF Format; Length: 3 pages)
Source: Gund Library, Cleveland Institute of Art
Health Hazards in the Arts: Information for Artists, Craftspeople, and Photographers
Abstract: This list offers a fairly comprehensive list of publications available for people in the arts and health/pollution risks. We suggest exploring your local libraries to locate publications of interest.
Source: RIT Libraries
Healthy School Environments Assessment Tool
Abstract: EPA has developed a unique software tool to help school districts evaluate and manage their school facilities for key environmental, safety, and health issues. Physical areas of schools included are classrooms, visual arts, industrial arts, vocational arts, music rooms, and many others.
Source: U.S. EPA
International Secondary Education Theater Safety Association
Abstract: This association is dedicated to the health and safety of students, administrators, instructors of the performing arts, and all associated activities. They provide valuable information on hazards, health and safety, and suggestions for eliminating hazards.
Keeping the Artist Safe: Hazards of Arts and Crafts Materials
Abstract: This compilation from the National Library of Medicine provides an overview of hazards encountered in arts and crafts, and links related to schools and art materials; specific art materials; bibliographies; standards for art materials; regulations and policy; relevant searches from the National Library of Medicine; and information in Spanish.
Source: U.S. National Library of Medicine
KidsArt Hands-on Art Education Art for Home and Schools
Abstract: "At KidsArt, we do our best to provide only AP and CP Nontoxic certified products, or alert you if a product does not carry this certification. It is your responsibility to examine and confirm the safety and age-appropriateness of art materials before they are used. For a list of certified AP and CP nontoxic products, visit the Art and Craft Materials Institute." This is an art supply resource that provides a lot of valuable information on kid-appropriate material.
Source: Kids Art
Lists of Hazards (Theater)
Abstract: ISETSA has provided a select number of typical hazards and hazardous exposures that have been identified in the entertainment industry and have been observed over the last 45 years in secondary educational theaters. Topics for hazards include chemical, health, and indoor air quality and ventilation, as well as the regularly suspected fire, electrical, and equipment. The list is constantly changing as awareness of hazards increase.
Source: International Secondary Education Theater Safety Association
Material Safety Data Sheets for Benjamin Moore Paints
Abstract: This resource provides on-line lists of material safety data sheets for exterior primer, exterior finishes, interior primers, and interior finishes, as well as industrial coatings.Spanish versions are available.
Source: Benjamin Moore Paints
Minnesota Healthy Schools Program
Abstract: The vision of the Minnesota Healthy Schools program is of a public school system that embraces health and sustainability standards as a norm.
Source: Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance
Abstract: The table of contents includes What is a Material Safecty Data Sheet, Who Are MSDS's For, What Does An MSDS Look Like, Are There Any Tutorials That Explain How To Read An MSDS, and Where Can I Get MSDSs. In addition to an introduction, regulations links are provided, including one for links on obtaining MSDSs in other languages,incuding Spanish, Japanese, French, and German.
Source: MSDS Writer
Abstract: The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 created both NIOSH and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA is in the U.S. Department of Labor and is responsible for developing and enforcing workplace safety and health regulations.
Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Ohio House Bill 203
Abstract: This Act requires inspections of public and nonpublic school buildings by boards of health, and requires the Director of Health to establish the School Health and Safety Network to coordinate school inspections, and to include school safety and sanitary inspections within the practice of environmental health for registered sanitarians.
Source: Ohio General Assembly
Overview of Hazards
Abstract: This overview includes terminology, types of exposures, allergic reactions, and safety issues in case of illness or fire.
Source: True Art
Providing Safety and Hazard Information for the Arts
Abstract: "ACTS is a not-for-profit corporation that provides health,safety, industrial hygiene, technical services, and safety publications to the arts, crafts, museums, and theater communities." They offer a valuable selection of data sheets on a variety of art-related topics including (All About Wax, Art Painting, Selecting Children's Art Materials, etc).
Source: Arts, Crafts, and Theater Safety
Safety and Health Topics
Abstract: This Safety and Health Topics Pages provide access to selected occupational safety and health information.
Source: Occupationl Health and Safety Administration (OSHA)
Abstract: Safety advice is offered for using solvents, gases, sprays, dusts, and other materials frequently used in art.
Source: Budget Art Materials
Toxic Art Supplies Code, Illinois
Abstract: This is a menu of the Illinois Administrative Code database that applies to toxic art supplies for schools. The purpose and applicability states that "The Toxic Art Supplies in Schools Act requires the department to develop lists of art or craft materials which cannot be purchased or ordered for use in kindergarten through sixth grade. These lists are distributed by the State Superintendent of Education to all school districts in Illinois, as well as making the lists available to preschools, child care centers, and other businesses and organizations which involve children in the use of art or craft materials. This part contains standards for inclusion and removal of a product on the list of products which can not be purchased or ordered by schools, as well as the list of materials which can be purchased or ordered." The lists identify those that are approved and not approved.
Source: Illinois Department of Public Health
True Art Information
Abstract: Available through True Art, this information covers art hazards, art materials, on-line art material stores, lists of supplies, and creative process information.
Source: True Art
U.S. EPA School Chemical Cleanout Campaign (SC3)
Abstract: The Schools Chemical Cleanout Campaign (SC3) aims to ensure that all schools are free from hazards associated with mismanaged chemicals. SC3 gives K-12 schools information and tools to responsibly manage chemicals. By using the tools provided on this site and pulling together a team with a variety of perspectives, expertise, and resources you can develop a successful chemical management program. Schools, parents, and local organizations can partner to create a chemical management program that meets the unique needs of their schools. SC3 is one component of EPA's Resource Conservation Challenge (RCC), a national effort to conserve natural resources and energy by managing materials more efficiently.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
U.S. EPA: Human Health Research Program
Abstract: EPA's Human Health Research Program offers this Web site on the latest information on its research to protect public health. The program's science looks at such questions as why some people are more sensitive to pollution and how exposure to chemicals affects people's health. The site is designed for the general public as well as for the scientific community. The site provides easy access to research and results on methods, tools, and data needed to improve risk assessments to protect the public. Visitors to the site will find an overview of the research, information on how research has contributed to decision making, resource materials available in journal publications and reports, and a listing of meetings and conferences.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)