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Alphabetical Listing of Reference Documents by Title
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AMACO Lesson Plans
Abstract: A variety of ceramics/clay-based lessons are provided to encourage use of safe materials.
Source: American Art and Clay Company
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
Abstract: The operation of a ceramic kiln may pose a risk to indoor air quality if not properly maintainced and ventilated. This is a case study from a school in Massachusetts.
Source: A Case Study of Environmental, Health and Safety Issues Involving the Burlington, MA Public School System, U.S. EPA
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)
Crayon Recycle Program
Abstract: This is a fundraising opportunity for communities to recycle old, rejected and broken crayons.
Source: LAF Lines
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
Indoor Air Quality Tools for School Teachers' Classroom Checklist [PDF]
Abstract: General cleanliness, animals in the classroom, drain traps, moisture, thermal comfort, ventilation and fans, art and science supplies, industrial and vocational education supplies, and the locker room are all addressed. (PDF Format; Length: 3 pages)
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
Law Requires Review and Labeling of Art Materials, Including Children's Art and Drawing Products
Abstract: In 1988, a law was signed by the President that required labeling of hazardous art materials. This article describes the content of the law.
Source: Consumer Product Safety Commission
Reduce Your Child's Exposure to Chemicals
Abstract: In addition to largely unknown chronic effects, many chemicals in common household products pose immediate danger if accidentally ingested. For those reasons, consumers should read labels carefully and choose products that appear to pose the lowest risk. It's not easy. You may see product labels that say "nontoxic" or "nonirritating," but those claims are not clearly defined or verified, says Consumers Union. This article identifies four areas of concern: auto, medicine, pest control, and art supplies.
Source: Consumer's Report
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
Toxic Art Supplies Code, Illinois, Section 848.100: Purpose and Applicability
Abstract: The Toxic Art Supplies in Schools Act requires the department to develop lists of art or craft materials that 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 the standards for inclusion and removal of a product on the list of products that cannot be purchased or ordered by schools, as well as the list of materials which can be purchased or ordered.
Source: Illinois Department of Public Health
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)
What's on the Label: Art and Hobby Supplies
Abstract: Information on legislation, legal requirements, laws, labels, and additional resources is provided.
Source: Children's Health Environmental Coalition
Wisconsin Green and Healthy Schools Program
Abstract: Wisconsin Green and Healthy Schools Program is a Web-based project that disseminates information and resources through the community. Contact them for more information on chemical management and health risks associated with the art classroom.
Source: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources