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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
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
Art Hazards List, Californa EPA [PDF]
Abstract: Art materials that cannot be purchased, ordered, or used in California classrooms with students K-6 are listed.
Source: Office of Environmental Health Hazard
Art Safety Training Guide
Abstract: "This training guide provides basic information for working safely with chemicals and operations in visual arts. The guide is intended to supplement, but not replace, the safety orientation for faculty and students in visual arts."
Source: Environmental Healty Safety, Princeton University
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)
Definition of Hazardous
Abstract: Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) definition of a hazardous chemical/material.
Source: Safety Emporium
Definition of Terms
Abstract: Terms such as "chronic adverse health effects," "determination of labeling," and "enforceable items" are included in this list.
Source: Budget Art Materials
Developing Environmental Safety in the Arts - - Princeton's Approach [PDF]
Abstract: This 45-slide presentation covers a variety of art topics and styles as well as environmental hazards.
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
Exposing Ourselves to Art
Abstract: This is an excellent overview of the hazards found in art education.
Source: Environmental Health Perspectives
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
Abstract: Although many manufacturers are switching to alternatives because of increased awareness of safety and health concerns, there is still material that can be considered hazardous. This brief article identifies some of the concerns.
Source: Budget Art Materials
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 and the Arts Program
Abstract: The mission of the Health in the Arts Program is to diagnose, treat, and prevent arts-related disorders among people working in all aspects of the arts. There is increasing recognition that work in the arts can involve health risks such as exposures to toxic materials and hazardous physical conditions. Injuries and repetitive motion disorders can also result from practice and from work in the arts.
Source: University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health
Health Hazards for the Artist [PDF]
Abstract: This bibliography includes information available in the Gund Library of the Cleveland Institute of Art. Includes listings for books, periodicals, cassettes, and web resources. (PDF Format; Length: 3 pages)
Source: Gund Library, Cleveland Institute of Art
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
International Secondary Education Theater Safety Association
Abstract: This association is dedicated to the health and safety of students, administrators, instructors of the performing arts, and all associated activities. They provide valuable information on hazards, health and safety, and suggestions for eliminating hazards.
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
Lists of Hazards (Theater)
Abstract: ISETSA has provided a select number of typical hazards and hazardous exposures that have been identified in the entertainment industry and have been observed over the last 45 years in secondary educational theaters. Topics for hazards include chemical, health, and indoor air quality and ventilation, as well as the regularly suspected fire, electrical, and equipment. The list is constantly changing as awareness of hazards increase.
Source: International Secondary Education Theater Safety Association
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
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
Providing Safety and Hazard Information for the Arts
Abstract: "ACTS is a not-for-profit corporation that provides health,safety, industrial hygiene, technical services, and safety publications to the arts, crafts, museums, and theater communities." They offer a valuable selection of data sheets on a variety of art-related topics including (All About Wax, Art Painting, Selecting Children's Art Materials, etc).
Source: Arts, Crafts, and Theater Safety
Abstract: Safety advice is offered for using solvents, gases, sprays, dusts, and other materials frequently used in art.
Source: Budget Art Materials
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
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
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: 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)