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General List of Current Publications & Organizations Regarding Art Hazards.  

Art Hazards In The Classroom

Arts and Crafts Can Be Hazardous, Prevent and Protect
by Shirley Niemeyer and  Wendy Rich. University of Nebraska NebFact Publication.  This article examines what can be hazardous about arts and crafts and gives examples of craft related potentially dangerous chemicals

Art Studio Safety (Goshen College)

American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM International)

American Lung Association
(800-LUNG-USA)
Provides information on lung hazards in the workplace, irritant gases, welding and other health concerns. Call for the address of your local branch.

The Art & Creative Materials Institute, Inc. (ACMI) is a non-profit association of manufacturers of art, craft and other creative materials. Information on the toxicity of art materials, as well as their certification program of art materials, are available.
100 Boylston St., Ste. 1050,
Boston, MA 02116;
(617-426-6400).

Arts, Crafts and Theater Safety (ACTS) Provides general information on safety in the arts.
181 Thompson St., #23,
New York, NY 10012;
(212-777-0062).

California EPA Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assesment

Center for Disease Control
1600 Clifton Rd., N.E.,
Atlanta, GA 30333;
(404-639-3311).
Provides information on prevention of diseases in the workplace.

Center for Safety in the Arts
provides information on hazards in the visual arts, performing arts, children and school arts programs, museums, and general health and safety information and laws relevant to the arts.

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
Office of Information and Public Affairs,
4330 East-West Highway,
Bethesda, MD 20814;
(800-638-2772).
Provides product safety information to the public.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

EPA Search the EMCI Chemical References Web Pages  Can look up specific chemicals and their hazards.

Gamblin Artist Colors on Studio Safety

Hazards Associated With Metalworking by Artists
by Steven J. Wiess and Steven H. Lesser, USA. describes the techniques involved in metalworking processes and discuss the physical trauma and medical syndromes associated with each process, as well as safety, prevention, and treatment aspects of the basic syndromes

Hazards In Ceramics

Health Hazards in the Arts: Information for Artists, Craftspeople, and Photographers 
This guide from the Wallace Library, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA lists a selection of recent books, periodicals, and other library materials about the health and safety of visual and performing artists.

Household Hazards Including Art Materials (EPA)

Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) Search Page

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
9000 Rockville Pike,
Bethesda, MD 20892;
(301-496-4000).
Conducts research and provides services for health and related safety concerns.

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
NIOSH Publications
Mail Stop C-13,
4676 Columbia Pkwy.,
Cincinnati, OH 45226;
(800-356-4674);
Provides free publications on occupational safety and health issues.

National Safety Council (NSC)
1121 Spring Lake Dr.,
Itasca, IL 60143;
(630-285-1121).
Provides information on safety.

New York Foundation for the Arts
155 Avenue of the Americas,
New York, NY 10013;
(212-366-6900).
Information on health and safety concerns for artists is available.

The U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)
U.S. Dept. of Labor,
200 Constitution Ave., N.W.,
Room S2315,
Washington, DC 20210;
(202-576-6339).
Safety and health issues in the workplace are addressed.

Orton
The Edward Orton Jr. Ceramic Foundation
Box 460,
Westerville, OH 43082;
(614-895-2663).
Offers brochures on kiln safety, venting solutions, and firing tips and concerns.

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