Nontoxic Printmaking, Safe Painting & Printed Art
Health and Safety in the Arts
Useful Sources of Information and Expert Advice:
publications and websites
HEALTH & SAFETY IN THE ARTS: PUBLICATIONS
Michael McCann Michael McCann Monona Rossol
Artist Beware Health Hazards The Artist's Complete
Manual for Artists Health & Safety Guide
SAFE PRINTMAKING: PUBLICATIONS
Keith Howard Adams & Robertson Henrik Boegh Roni Henning
The Contemporary Intaglio Handbook of Non-Toxic Water-Based Screenprinting
Printmaker Intaglio Today
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Printmaking Resources (Publications)
HEALTH & SAFETY IN THE ARTS: WEBSITES
The University of Illinois at Chicago, Online Health & Safety in the Arts Library (UIC)
UICA comprehensive resource for artists, art schools, print studios etc. 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...
The Chicago Artists Resource (CAR)
CARFeaturing a section that includes over 250 articles on health and safety issues for artists, originally published as part of the Art Hazard News.
Arts, Crafts & Theater Safety, Inc. (ACTS)
Providing safety and hazard information for the arts - worldwide. 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 and low-cost services for artists. We gratefully accept donations, but do not solicit them from the artists who call here for help and advice. We recognize that artists and performers are among the least affluent groups in society.
The Art & Creative Materials Institute, Inc. (ACMI)
A non-profit association of manufacturers of art, craft and other creative materials. Identifies art materials (using the ACMI seals) that are safe and that are certified in a toxicological evaluation by a medical expert...
The American Society for Testing & Materials (ASTM)
Features information on the labelling of art materials for chronic health hazards.
PIXELATED PALETTESite includes the article 'Art Materials Safety' by E.L. Kinnally that provides sources of information about using artists' materials safely...
Tucson, Arizona: Art Hazards Database
TUCSON: ART HAZARDSA searchable database of health and safety information for artists including a database of Art Mediums, Studio Safety and Health links.
Winsor & Newton
WINSOR & NEWTONSupplier of artists' materials. Health and safety information for artists.
GENERAL HEALTH & SAFETY AGENCIES
The U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
OSHAOSHA aims to ensure employee safety and health in the United States by working with employers and employees to create better working environments. The agency provides a variety of useful publications in print and online.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
EPAThe mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment.
Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP)
EHPA monthly journal of peer-reviewed research and news on the impact of the environment on human health. EHP is published by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and its content is free online. Print issues are available by paid subscription.
Rachel's Environmental & Health News at the Environmental Research Foundation (ERF)
News and resources for environmental justice. New Brunswick, NJ-based organization seeking to provide understandable scientific information about human health and the environment to the public.The World Health Organisation (WHO)
WHOPublication catalog, media resources, health articles, and current health news. List of upcoming health events, conferences, and summits.
U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC)
CPSCThe CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. Chronic Hazard Guidelines available as pdf.
INFORMATION ON HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES
TOXNET and the Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB)
The US National Library of Medicine information service for details about solvents etc.
The Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB) is a comprehensive, peer-reviewed toxicology data for about 5,000 chemicals.
SITES SPECIFIC TO SAFE PRINTMAKING
Head of Printmaking and Research at the Rochester Institute of Technology School of Art. Innovator of non-toxic printmaking methods; author of The Contemporary Printmaker, which details the latest non-toxic intaglio printmaking techniques.
Cedric Green's site on non-toxic, alternative methods for printmaking with comprehensive extracts from his handbook on healthier and safer methods for intaglio etching and metal plate printmaking, with grounding and plate making methods avoiding the use of traditional toxic grounds, varnishes, resins, solvents and any chemicals harmful to health and to the environment.
Nik Semenoff's site on safer and environmentally friendly printmaking processes using common materials available in every community.
HENRIK BOEGH www.GrafiskEksperimentarium.dkwww.artbag.dk
Henrik Boegh is a well-known author and artist in the printmaking world. Since he established Experimentarium in Copenhagen in 1997 he has been working to spread the techniques of Non-Toxic Intaglio across Europe.