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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
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
Complete Safety and Use Information for Ceramic Products and Art Materials in the Classroom and Studio [PDF]
Abstract: This booklet from the American Art Clay Company includes sections on the safe use of ceramic art materials; contemporary ceramic studio safety guidelines; glaze labeling; underglaze labeling; specialty underglaze labeling; overglaze labeling; aerosol sprays and solvents; spraying and airbrushing; kiln firing guidelines; loading and firing the kiln; kiln vents; ceramic specialty products; non-ceramic art and craft materials; how to use AMACO products; and several appendices. (PDF Format; Length: 47 pages)
Source: American Art Clay Company (AMACO)
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.
Glossary of Terms
Abstract: More than 50 common terms associated with toxicity and art are defined in easy-to-understand language.
Source: Oregon Toxics Alliance
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
Abstract: Although many manufacturers are switching to alternatives because of increased awareness of safety and health concerns, there is still material that can be considered hazardous. This brief article identifies some of the concerns.
Source: Budget Art Materials
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 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
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
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
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
Recycled Christmas Tree
Abstract: Instruction on how to make disposable and environmentally free ornaments are provided.
Source: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
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)