At Martin/F. Weber Co., we are proud to be a leader in the continuing effort toward improved safety and health labeling for art and craft materials. As such, we are dedicated to ensuring that professional artists, teachers, students and hobbyists who use art materials, can do so in a safe and enjoyable manner. Artists will often ask us what the phrase "safe use of art materials" encompasses; therefore, we have composed a list of guidelines we feel are essential to follow and teach for studio safety.
There are 10 very important points to remember when working in your studio or classroom:
- When painting, wash your hands thoroughly before eating.
- Keep flammable solvents covered or sealed when not in use, well out of the reach of small children and away from heat sparks and flames.
- Be sure to ventilate and circulate the air well in an art studio or classroom, particularly when using toxic solvents. Use an exhaust fan if necessary.
- When cleaning and caring for your brushes, do not use a toxic solvent. Use an AP non-toxic product that will clean and gently condition your brushes, for example Turpenoid Natural.
- Be careful; only use art materials made by members of ACMI. Look for the AP or CL label.
- If toxic solvents are splashed on the skin, immediately wash the affected area thoroughly with soap and water. Never intentionally put OMS on your hands etc.
- Never sleep in your studio without first sealing or disposing of all toxic solvents and colors.
- Do not put brushes in your mouth to shape them.
- Keep art materials in their original containers or clearly label alternative containers.
- Keep paint and solvent soiled rags or paper in an airtight container until they can be properly disposed.