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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
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
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
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
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
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)
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 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)