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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
ACMI's Searchable Certified Product List
Abstract: Users can use this database to retrieve a list of products that have been certified as non-toxic by the Art and Creative Materials Institute, Inc. (ACMI).
Source: Art & Creative Materials Institute, Inc. (ACMI)
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
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)
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
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
Guidance Manual for Paint Reuse Programs [PDF]
Abstract: This document was prepared by the Paint Product Stewardship Initiative and funded by the National Paint and Coatings Association. The purpose of the document is to encourage new paint reuse opportunities, which will ultimately reduce the volume of leftover paint that requires higher levels of management, thereby reducing the cost of a nationally coordinated system to manage leftover paint. Multiple case studies are included. This document also includes Consumer Paint Management Guidance, which outlines how to determine the amount of paint needed, how to properly store paint, as well as guidance on reuse and disposal. (PDF Format; Length: 86 pages)
Source: PSI & National Paint & Coatings Association
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 in the Arts
Abstract: This site offers a collection of searchable databases for art media, studio safety, and health links. The art media include ceramics; child art; commercial art; glass art; painting and drawing pigments, preservatives, and techniques; photography; printmaking; sculpture; textiles; metalworking; woodworking; and much more.
Source: City of Tucson, AZ
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
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
MSDS for Ceramics (Art Department)
Abstract: Products generally used in ceramics are identified with links to appropriate MSDS information.
Source: Connecticut College
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
Product Health and Safety Information
Abstract: This website not only identifies items that are safe for use by children, but also highlights those that should not be used when children are present.
Source: United Art and Education
Abstract: The Art and Creative Materials Institute, Inc. (ACMI) provides leadership, guidance, and education to achieve greater participation in art, craft and other creative activities. All products certified as non-toxic by ACMI are non-toxic for both children and adults.
Source: Art & Creative Materials Institute, Inc. (ACMI)
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