Monday, November 3, 2014

Health and Safety In The Art Studio

Stay safe and pay attention to your Art ONLY

"Creating Art Safely: A Six-Step Process" is a though coverage of the health and safety hazards associated with the different forms of art. The brief but informative video was created by the experts from Rhode Island School of Design in collaboration with UE. An excellent resource with valuable information covering painting, welding, woodworking, and many other art forms.

Art creation is traditionally regarded as non-threatening, occupation. This is not true in the most cases, as artists encounter many hazardous materials or operations daily. Do you know that an artist may be exposed to the same level of hazardous materials or participate in dangerous operations very similar to those in industrial sites and labs? Materials include fumes, mists, dyes, solvents and operations are handling extremely sharp/cutting objects and machines, standing extreme heat, working machine with high level of noise or machines with sharp moving parts.

Furthermore, except for exposing you to physical and health hazards, your artistic work can also negatively impact the environment. It is extremely important to learn the basics of how to handle hazardous materials, when to use personal protective equipment such as gloves, goggles, aprons, face shields, masks; how to properly store and dispose of art waste. Of course, you will have to learn how to do that without impeding your artistic process.


Not enough? Wanna create beautiful paintings without worrying too much about the possible safety hazards in your studio? Worry no more. With our expert advice here, you will be able to focus on what is really important - your ART! We've compiled the top resources in the industry below. Check them out now.

Reference and readings:
- Safety Guide for Art Studios - straight-forward guide written by Thomas Ouimet a well-known expert at Yale university and published by United Educators
ACMI Certified Materials - a pdf list of more than 60000 art chemicals with low toxic risk. A very convenient guide to consult when you are trying to switch to using less toxic materials. If you want to quickly retrieve the products you are interested in, use their online form here
- How to handle Art wastes - full recourse with information how to identify, characterize, store and handle waste from the art studio. Many artists are not aware that much of the waste, generated at their studio is hazardous waste and have to be disposed of with the necessary care
- Safety for theater artists - a through guide written for the use of faculty, staff and students at Princeton University. It offers broad overview of possible safety concerns for those working at theaters, on stages, elevated platforms, electrical systems and ladders

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