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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
URL: http://www.coopamerica.org/pubs/realmoney/articles/toxicart.
cfm

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
URL: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/education/pdf_zip/Aug05arthazlist.pd
f

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
URL: http://web.princeton.edu/sites/ehs/artsafety/index.htm

Arts and Crafts Can Be Hazardous
Abstract: Craft materials are listed that contain toxic or harmful chemicals along, with some information on risks and how exposures occur.
Source: True Art
URL: http://www.trueart.info/arts_%26_crafts.htm

Arts and Crafts Can Be Hazardous
Abstract: Craft materials are listed that contain toxic or harmful chemicals along, with some information on risks and how exposures occur.
Source: True Art
URL: http://www.trueart.info/arts_%26_crafts.htm

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)
URL: http://www.amaco.com/pdfs/C5.pdf

Dangers of Modern Art
Abstract: This brief overview explains risks and offers consumer information on art supplies.
Source: Union of Concerned Scientists
URL: http://www.ucsusa.org/publications/greentips/305-the-dangers
-of-modern-art.html

Department of Environmental Quality P2
Abstract: Michigan has a Community P2 Grant Program that includes school chemical grants as well as art chemicals in their program. Select the contact DEQ for more information.
Source: Depart of Environmental Quality
URL: http://www.michigan.gov/deq

Detoxify Your Studio
Abstract: This is part of a presentation on simple suggestions that offer good advice for artists on how to use less-toxic paint and make it look like oils.
Source: The Expo for the Artist & Musician
URL: http://artsandmedia.net/2001/08/detoxify_your_studio.html

Exposing Ourselves to Art
Abstract: This is an excellent overview of the hazards found in art education.
Source: Environmental Health Perspectives
URL: http://www.ehponline.org/docs/1997/105-3/focus.html

Flinn MSDS
Abstract: This is an easy-to-use format for locating MSDSs using either keywords or searching alphabetically. These have been written and developed for use by science instructors teaching grades 6 through 12 and community colleges.
Source: Flinn Scientific, Inc.
URL: http://www.flinnsci.com/search_MSDS.asp

Hazardous Pigments
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
URL: http://www.budgetartmaterials.com/hapi.html

Labeling of Hazardous Materials
Abstract: Dick Blick describes the labeling of art materials in accordance with the Art and Creative Materials Institute's labeling.
Source: Dick Blick Art Materials
URL: http://www.dickblick.com/customerservice/healthsafety/#label
ing

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
URL: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/5016.html

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
URL: http://www.greeningschools.org/resources/view_resource.cfm?i
d=75

Looking at Arts and Crafts for Unsafe Chemicals
Abstract: This brief report introduces some health concerns associated with art supplies and children.
Source: Oregon Toxics
URL: http://www.oregontoxics.org/artscrafts.html

Looking at Arts and Crafts for Unsafe Chemicals
Abstract: This brief report introduces some health concerns associated with art supplies and children.
Source: Oregon Toxics
URL: http://www.oregontoxics.org/artscrafts.html

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
URL: http://www.trueart.info/art_hardware.htm

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
URL: http://www.trueart.info/art_hardware.htm

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
URL: http://artsandmedia.net/2001/08/poisoned_by_painting_the_pro
bl.html

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
URL: http://www.trueart.info/pregnancy.htm

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
URL: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/health-fitness/health-car
e/reduce-your-childs-exposure-to-chemicals-405/overview.htm

Safety Precautions
Abstract: Safety advice is offered for using solvents, gases, sprays, dusts, and other materials frequently used in art.
Source: Budget Art Materials
URL: http://www.budgetartmaterials.com/sapr.html

Stained-Glass Glue [PDF]
Abstract: Many artists spend time making their own materials to create a work of art that is unique to them. They may be looking for a certain texture, color, interaction with light, or special ability to be molded, bent, twisted, or carved in a certain way. Creating the right material requires a lot of experimentation until the result is exactly what the artist needs. In this activity, you can make a colorful art material that looks bright in the light. (PDF Format; Length: 1 page)
Source: WonderNet
URL: http://portal.acs.org/portal/fileFetch/C/CTP_004099/pdf/CTP_
004099.pdf

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
URL: http://artsandmedia.net/2003/10/toxic_art_materials_what_eve
ry.html

Toxic Information
Abstract: Toxic information, labeling, and handling precautions, as well as The Toxic Art Supplies in Schools Act (Illinois) is provided.
Source: Budget Art Materials
URL: http://www.budgetartmaterials.com/toin.html

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
URL: http://www.trueart.info/

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
URL: http://www.trueart.info/

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
URL: http://www.checnet.org/healthehouse/education/articles-detai
l.asp?Main_ID=622

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
URL: http://www.checnet.org/healthehouse/education/articles-detai
l.asp?Main_ID=622


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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.
Source: Princeton
URL: http://www.c2e2.org/arts_workshop_05/princeton_pdf.pdf


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AMACO MSDS Sheets
Abstract: MSDSs are included for many supplies used in ceramics.
Source: American Art and Clay Company
URL: http://www.amaco.com/html/msds_groups.html

Glidden Paints MSDS
Abstract: MSDS sheets for Glidden paints are provided.
Source: Glidden
URL: http://www.glidden.com/products/getProducts.do?brandid=5#

MSDS for Ceramics (Art Department)
Abstract: Products generally used in ceramics are identified with links to appropriate MSDS information.
Source: Connecticut College
URL: http://www.conncoll.edu/offices/ehs/6112.htm

MSDS FAQs
Abstract: The table of contents includes What is a Material Safecty Data Sheet, Who Are MSDS's For, What Does An MSDS Look Like, Are There Any Tutorials That Explain How To Read An MSDS, and Where Can I Get MSDSs. In addition to an introduction, regulations links are provided, including one for links on obtaining MSDSs in other languages,incuding Spanish, Japanese, French, and German.
Source: MSDS Writer
URL: http://www.ilpi.com/msds/faq/

Paper Recycling Glossary [PDF]
Abstract: This brief glossary on paper recycling targets the nontechnical needs of elementary and middle school students.
Source: American Forest and Paper Association
URL: http://www.fcgov.com/recycling/pdf/glossary.pdf

Terminology
Abstract: This list provides definitions for a variety of health-related terms with regards to art and craft materials.
Source: True Art
URL: http://www.trueart.info/terminology.htm


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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
URL: http://www.budgetartmaterials.com/deofte.html

Dictionary of Toxins
Abstract: This list identifies primary health and environmental concerns for hazardous materials frequently used in art. List includes alklyds, benzene, calcium carbonate, gum arabic, perylene/benzo perylene, and much more.
Source: Budget Art Materials
URL: http://www.budgetartmaterials.com/diofto.html

Dictionary of Toxins
Abstract: This list identifies primary health and environmental concerns for hazardous materials frequently used in art. List includes alklyds, benzene, calcium carbonate, gum arabic, perylene/benzo perylene, and much more.
Source: Budget Art Materials
URL: http://www.budgetartmaterials.com/diofto.html

Glossary of Terms
Abstract: More than 50 common terms associated with toxicity and art are defined in easy-to-understand language.
Source: Oregon Toxics Alliance
URL: http://www.oregontoxics.org/glossary.html

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
URL: http://www.cia.edu/academicResources/library_content/special
ized_guides/hazards.pdf

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
URL: http://wally.rit.edu/pubs/guides/healthhaz.html

Wood Working Toxic Woods
Abstract: This searchable database is designed for artists and identifies 46 different woods, including exotics and natives.
Source: City of Tucson, Health and Safety in the Arts
URL: http://www.ci.tucson.az.us/arthazards/wood2.html


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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
URL: http://www.amaco.com/html/amaco_lessons.html

Crafting Aluminum Art and Foiling Around
Abstract: Use aluminum cans to create aluminum wreaths and centerpieces. Free patterns are provided. A waste-free E-book is also sold and appears to be chock full of creative projects including holiday crafts, baskets and boxes, wall hangings, and more. Links to other recycle artists can be found at this site with a little searching. These are projects that students could make for raising funds for school activities or perhaps some of these artists could be contacted to participate in recycle and waste-free festivals.
Source: Aluminous Publishing
URL: http://www.aluminouspublishing.com/#contents

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
URL: http://www.epa.gov/region02/children/k12/artpdf.htm

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
URL: http://www.epa.gov/region02/children/k12/artpdf.htm

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
URL: http://www.productstewardship.us/associations/6596/files/Gui
dance_Manual_for_Paint_Reuse_Programs_1-08-07.pdf

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
URL: http://www.eric.ed.gov/ERICDocs/data/ericdocs2sql/content_st
orage_01/0000019b/80/1b/03/bf.pdf

Recycled Holiday Crafts, Watching Your Waste at the Holidays [PDF]
Abstract: Crafts, crafts, and more crafts abound along with explanations on recycling metal, plastic, and glass. Some very different suggestions for projects include "Christmas Card Balls." (PDF Format; Length: 11 pages)
Source: South Central Iowa Solid Waste Agency
URL: http://www.sciswa.org/assets/pdf/recycledholidaycrafts.pdf


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Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics (AOEC)
Abstract: Since its founding in 1987, the Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics (AOEC) has grown to a network of more than 60 clinics and more than 250 individuals committed to improving the practice of occupational and environmental medicine through information sharing and collaborative research. They offer a link to occupational and environmental state clinics. AOEC goals include to aid in identifying, reporting, and preventing occupational and environmental health hazards and their effects to encourage the provision of high-quality clinical services for people with work or environmentally related health problems; to provide a means for occupational/environmental health clinics to share information that will better enable them to diagnose and treat occupational/environmental diseases; to increase communication among clinics concerning issues related to patient care; to facilitate liaison between clinics and agencies responsible for workplace/environmental monitoring; and to provide a source of data for research projects related to occupational/environmental health.
Source: Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics
URL: http://www.aoec.org/

Crayon Recycle Program
Abstract: This is a fundraising opportunity for communities to recycle old, rejected and broken crayons.
Source: LAF Lines
URL: http://www.recycling-revolution.com/crayon-recycling.html

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
URL: http://www.ilga.gov/commission/jcar/admincode/077/07700848se
ctions.html

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
URL: http://www.ilga.gov/commission/jcar/admincode/077/0770084800
01000R.html


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Ohio House Bill 203
Abstract: This Act requires inspections of public and nonpublic school buildings by boards of health, and requires the Director of Health to establish the School Health and Safety Network to coordinate school inspections, and to include school safety and sanitary inspections within the practice of environmental health for registered sanitarians.
Source: Ohio General Assembly
URL: http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=126_HB_203


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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
URL: http://www.epa.gov/schools1/healthyseat/index.html

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
URL: http://www.epa.gov/schools1/healthyseat/index.html


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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
URL: http://www.artscraftstheatersafety.org/

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
URL: http://www.artscraftstheatersafety.org/

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)
URL: http://www.acminet.org/CPListSearch.html

Art and Creative Materials Institute
Abstract: ACMI is recognized as a leading authority on art and craft materials, and they emphasize providing the public with art and craft materials that are non-toxic using certification seals to inform the public on the safety of art products.
Source: Art and Creative Materials Institute
URL: http://www.acminet.org/index.htm

California Health and Safety Code Section 108500-108515
Abstract: Health and safety regulations related to art and craft materials.
Source: Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment
URL: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/education/art/hsc1805.html

Ceramic Kilns
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
URL: http://www.epa.gov/region7/education_resources/teachers/ehss
tudy/ehs17.htm

Definition of Hazardous
Abstract: Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) definition of a hazardous chemical/material.
Source: Safety Emporium
URL: http://www.ilpi.com/msds/ref/hazardous.html

Education -- Art Hazards List
Abstract: Guidelines for Safe Use of Art and Craft Materials, cover letters for communicating with parents, and assessing risks are available through this Web site.It identifies art and craft materials that are not allowed for purchase in California for grades K-6.
Source: Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, Califiornia
URL: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/education/art/getart.html

Education -- Art Hazards List
Abstract: Guidelines for Safe Use of Art and Craft Materials, cover letters for communicating with parents, and assessing risks are available through this Web site.It identifies art and craft materials that are not allowed for purchase in California for grades K-6.
Source: Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, Califiornia
URL: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/education/art/getart.html

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
URL: http://www.c2e2.org/evc/home.html

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
URL: http://www.greeningschools.org/resources/view_cat_teacher.cf
m?id=1

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
URL: http://www.greeningschools.org/resources/view_cat_teacher.cf
m?id=1

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
URL: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/education/art/artguide.html

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
URL: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/education/art/artguide.html

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
URL: http://www.ci.tucson.az.us/arthazards/

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
URL: http://www.ci.tucson.az.us/arthazards/

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
URL: http://www.uic.edu/sph/glakes/harts/

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
URL: http://www.uic.edu/sph/glakes/harts/

Imagination Factory, The
Abstract: This site combines arts and crafts and environmental education (and a lot of recycling/reusing). Lessons and activities are offered, and a list of suggested art uses (for items commonly placed into the waste stream) is provided. Each of these links to a project. Visit their Imagination Factory Outlet Store and their trash matcher.
Source: Kid at Art
URL: http://www.kid-at-art.com/

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
URL: http://www.epa.gov/iaq/schools/pdfs/kit/checklists/teacherch
klst.pdf

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.
Source: ISETSA
URL: http://www.isetsa.org/ISETSA/AboutISETSA/WhoWeAre.cfm

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.
Source: ISETSA
URL: http://www.isetsa.org/ISETSA/AboutISETSA/WhoWeAre.cfm

Junk Music
Abstract: Up to 200 pieces of junk and possibly an entire orchestra, videos, concert schedules, background information, and more open up opportunities for using recycled materials.
Source: Junk Music
URL: http://www.junkmusic.org

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
URL: http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/enviro/arthazards.html

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
URL: http://www.kidsart.com/

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
URL: http://www.kidsart.com/

Material Safety Data Sheets for Benjamin Moore Paints
Abstract: This resource provides on-line lists of material safety data sheets for exterior primer, exterior finishes, interior primers, and interior finishes, as well as industrial coatings.Spanish versions are available.
Source: Benjamin Moore Paints
URL: http://benjaminmoore.com/wrapper_pg3_ds.asp?L=prod&K=msds

Material Safety Data Sheets for Benjamin Moore Paints
Abstract: This resource provides on-line lists of material safety data sheets for exterior primer, exterior finishes, interior primers, and interior finishes, as well as industrial coatings.Spanish versions are available.
Source: Benjamin Moore Paints
URL: http://benjaminmoore.com/wrapper_pg3_ds.asp?L=prod&K=msds

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
URL: http://www.healthyschools.state.mn.us/

NIOSH
Abstract: The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 created both NIOSH and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA is in the U.S. Department of Labor and is responsible for developing and enforcing workplace safety and health regulations.
Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
URL: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/about.html

NIOSH
Abstract: The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 created both NIOSH and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA is in the U.S. Department of Labor and is responsible for developing and enforcing workplace safety and health regulations.
Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
URL: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/about.html

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
URL: http://www.unitednow.com/health/health.asp

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
URL: http://www.artscraftstheatersafety.org/

Recycled Christmas Tree
Abstract: Instruction on how to make disposable and environmentally free ornaments are provided.
Source: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
URL: http://www.dep.state.pa.us/dep/deputate/airwaste/wm/RECYCLE/
Tree/tree.htm

Safety
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)
URL: http://www.acminet.org/Safety.htm

Safety and Health Topics
Abstract: This Safety and Health Topics Pages provide access to selected occupational safety and health information.
Source: Occupationl Health and Safety Administration (OSHA)
URL: http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/index.html

St. Louis Teachers' Recycle Centers
Abstract: This is a resource for teachers that combines learning and recycling with financial savings. Teachers can take advantage of resources that are donated to the center by businesses and other community members. Businesses often generate abundances of solid waste products through overruns, discontinued items, rejects, and obsolete parts, according to the center. By donating these items to the center, they reduce their own disposal costs and improve their bottom line, while making it possible for schools to obtain creative materials for classroom use at minimal cost. They offer workshops and have a go van. Their service area is currently limited to the St Louis area of Illinois and Missouri.
Source: St. Louis Teachers' Recycle Centers
URL: http://www.stlouisteachersrecycle.homestead.com/

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
URL: http://www.epa.gov/p2/pubs/local.htm#regions

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)
URL: http://www.epa.gov/sc3/

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)
URL: http://www.epa.gov/sc3/

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)
URL: http://www.epa.gov/hhrp/

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)
URL: http://www.epa.gov/hhrp/

WIMA Safety Information on Pencils
Abstract: WIMA provides lists of manufacturers who comply with safety certification programs for classroom suppliers of pencils, erasers, and ink.
Source: Writing Instruments Manufacturers Association
URL: http://www.wima.org/SafetyInformation/tabid/81/Default.aspx

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
URL: http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/caer/ce/greenschools/

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