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A Case Study of Environmental, Health & Safety Issues Involving the Burlington, MA Public School System
Type: Case Study - Response Plans - Web site
Summary: This case study, prepared by Todd H. Dresser of the Burlington (MA) Board of Health, details an extensive review of environmental, and health and safety (EHS) issues involving the Burlington, Massachusetts public school system, which began in 1992. The case s...
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AMACO America Clay Company Product Information
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Checklist - Fact sheet - Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) - Web site
Summary: "Since 1940, the Art and Creative Materials Institute, Inc. has been certifying art material labeling through a program of toxicological evaluation by a medical expert. American Art Clay Co., Inc. is a charter member of that program and has the distinction of...
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Art & Creative Materials Institute
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Fact sheet - List - Web site
Summary: "The Art & Creative Materials Institute, Inc. (ACMI) is an international association, composed of a diverse and involved membership, and is recognized as the leading authority on art and craft materials. Founded in 1940, ACMI was organized to assist its membe...
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Art Safety Training Guide
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: List - Manual/Handbook - Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) - Web site
Summary: 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. Included are chapters on pho...
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Artist Beware: The Hazards In Working With All Art And Craft Materials And The Precautions Every Artist And Photographer Should Take
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Manual/Handbook
Summary:

Non-fiction, reference

Authors, McCann, Michael, PhD, CIH

ISBN 1-59228-592-9

Dr. McCann presents a comprehensive manual on the hards of working with all art and craft materials and the precautions every artist and craftsperso...

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Artist's Complete Health and Safety Guide
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Materials - Manual/Handbook
Summary:

Non-fiction, reference

AuthorsRossol, Monona.

ISBN 1581152043

Monona Rossol provides a comprehenshive guidebook on raw materials used by artists, their reglations, associated risks, and precautions for individual media incud...

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Arts, Crafts & Theater Safety
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - BiblioResources (Books) - Fact sheet - Manual/Handbook - Web site
Summary: 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. A part of the fees from our consulting services goes to support our free a...
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Arts, Crafts & Theater Safety
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - BiblioResources (Books) - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: This Web site provides a lengthy list of resources and links that cover theater and the arts, photography, metalworking, classrooms, working safely as well as a lengthy list of safety links. Training, MSDS resources, and much more.
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Arts, Crafts & Theater Safety
Grade Level: Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - BiblioResources (Books) - Fact sheet - Manual/Handbook - Web site
Summary: 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. A part of the fees from our consulting services goes to support our free a...
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Better Art Supplies for Budding Artists
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report
Summary: If your child has a penchant for the visual arts, the last thing you want to do is discourage his or her emerging talents by scrooging on supplies. But be on the lookout for unhealthy materials. Many paints and markers contain neurotoxic solvents like turpenti...
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Ceramics
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet
Summary: Ceramic art and pottery has a wide variety of hazards. The specific hazards and precautions can be divided into four areas: workking with clay, glazing and coloring, firing in a kil, and potential leaching of finished ware. This resources discusses clay, gla...
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Dangers of Modern Art
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Materials - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: Some art supplies contain ingredients that are harmful to both humans and the environment. These include naturally occurring heavy metals such as lead, cobalt, cadmium, and manganese, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as turpentine, xylene, acetone, a...
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Detoxify Your Studio
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - List
Summary: First hand, practical tips for detoxifying the art studio are provided by a practicing artist. These tips provide good advice for art teachers.
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Developing Environmental Safety in the Arts - Princeton's Approach
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: This 45-slide presentation covers a variety of art topics and styles as well as environmental hazards.
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Dictionary of Toxins
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Glossary
Summary: This dictionary provides details on toxins, chemistry, affects, and health/environmental concerns.
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Educational Theatre Association
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Web site
Summary: Through advocacy, education, and connections members of this association can learn about concerns in theatre health safety.
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Environmental Compliance and Best Management Practices Guidance Manual for K-12 Schools
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Manual/Handbook
Summary: This user-friendly manual is organized into typical school departments (administration, academic, facilities operation and maintenance, grounds, custodial, transportation, nursing and printing. Within each “unit” are the various programs. Within facilities ope...
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Environmental Virtual Campus
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Web site
Summary: Developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), this virtual campus uses an engaging, intuitive format to highlight potential environmental issues at nine campus areas, and provides compliance information and good management practices on a number...
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Guidelines for the safe use of art and craft materials
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Article/Report - List - Web site
Summary: This guide provides a focus on elementary art materials and exposure concerns.
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Hazardous Pigments
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report
Summary: 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.
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Health & Safety in the Arts
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Database - Web site
Summary: This site offers a collection of searchable databases for art mediums, studio safety, and health links. The art medium includes ceramics, child art, commercial art, glass art, painting & drawing pigments-preservatives-techniques, photography, printmaking, scul...
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How to Clean & Work with Less Clay Dust
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report
Summary: This article provides ideas for reducing clay dust and long term health effects from exposure to clay dust.
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Illinois Toxic Art Supplies Code
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Materials - Database - Glossary - Web site
Summary: 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 w...
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Indoor and Outdoor Air Quality Glossary of Terms
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Glossary
Summary: This is an 18-page glossary of technical terms for indoor and outdoor air quality.
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Kid's Art, Hands-on Art Education Art Supplies
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Web site
Summary: "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...
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Law Requires Review and Labeling of Art Materials Including Children's Art and Drawing Products
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Materials
Summary: In 1988 a law was signed by the President that required labeling of hazardous art materials. This article describes the content of the law.
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OSHA Eye and Fact Protection (PPE)
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: Safety goggles are intended to proect the eyes and this site helps clarify the requirements and matches the task to the protection equipment.
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Overview of Hazards
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Materials - List
Summary: Included in the overview is terminology, types of exposures, allergic reactions, and safety issues in case of illness or fire.
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Poisoned By Painting: The problem of toxic art-supplies
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report
Summary: The bloody noses in the morning, the dizziness, nausea and headaches it 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...
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Pollution Prevention Management in the Arts, Art & Theatre
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: Guidelines from US EPA for best management practces for colleges and art education.
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Pregnancy and the Crafts Professional
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Checklist
Summary: 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 mater...
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Product Health & Safety Information
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Article/Report - Web site
Summary: Label explanations, glaze information, links to material safety data sheets, and additional links for MSDS's.
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Providing Safety & Hazard Information for the Arts
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Materials - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: "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...
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Reduce your child's exposure to chemicals
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Article/Report
Summary: 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...
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Safety Precautions
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - List
Summary: Safety advice for using solvents, gases, sprays, dusts, and other materials frequently used in art.
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Theater & Dance Safety Information Sheets
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Checklist - Fact sheet
Summary: The Department of Theater & Dance is committed to safety. All too often individuals working in theater and dance ignore personal health and safety due to deadlines and other stresses of these art forms. Proper education, planning, and communication creates a h...
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Theater and Art Safety, Office of Environmental Health and Safety
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - BiblioResources (Books) - Manual/Handbook - Web site
Summary: Resources from Connecticut College's office of environmental health and safety include theater safety, graphic art safety, their hazard communication handbook, and a list of tools and links.
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Toxic Art Materials: What Every Artist Should Know
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Materials - Web site
Summary: 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...
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True Art Information
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - List - Web site
Summary: Available through True Art: information about art hazards, art materials and online art material stores, lists of supplies and creative process information.
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