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Alphabetical Listing of Reference Documents by Title
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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
Dangers of Modern Art
Abstract: This brief overview explains risks and offers consumer information on art supplies.
Source: Union of Concerned Scientists
Department of Environmental Quality P2
Abstract: Michigan has a Community P2 Grant Program that includes school chemical grants as well as art chemicals in their program. Select the contact DEQ for more information.
Source: Depart of Environmental Quality
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
Poisoned by Painting: The problem of toxic art supplies
Abstract: The bloody noses in the morning, the dizziness, nausea, and headaches all finally got to me. I didn't realize it at the time, but I was poisoning myself with oil-based paint.This article is a personal account of problems associated with using toxic materials in art.
Source: Expo for the Artist and Musician
Pregnancy and the Crafts Professional
Abstract: While chemicals in the art room can adversely affect pregnant women, these are also being found to affect young children. This article provides good information and suggestions for reading labels, using caution, and interpreting chemical contents of art materials.
Source: True Art
Recycled Christmas Tree
Abstract: Instruction on how to make disposable and environmentally free ornaments are provided.
Source: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Toxic Art Materials: What Every Artist Should Know
Abstract: For casual hobbyists and professional artists alike, art supplies have become such familiar materials that one rarely stops to seriously consider their specific ingredients. Provided is a discussion on labels. This article is from the 2003 Expo for the Artist and Musician. Written by Nate Orman.
Source: Expo for The Artist and Musician
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
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)