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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)
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
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
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
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
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
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 Regional Pollution Prevention Programs
Abstract: The 10 U.S. EPA regional offices and contacts are provided. Regional questions regarding pollution prevention for arts education can be initiated with these contacts.
Source: U.S. EPA
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)
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