The art making process can pose significant risks to the health and safety of artists. The guide below provides an overview of some of the most common risks associated with drawing & painting, woodworking, metalworking, ceramics, and photography, as well as how to properly dispose of wastes associated with art.

Responsibility for Safety in the Arts


Faculty are responsible for:

  • Ensuring that students attend training and work safely
  • Ensure artists understand the potential health and physical hazards of the chemicals and equipment used
  • Explain proper and safe procedures for handling, under all circumstances, the hazardous substances used


Each student, faculty and staff member is expected to:

  • Attend training
  • Follow safe art making procedures and practices 
  • Report all accidents, near misses, and potential chemical exposures to the Department Manager or the Manager of the art studio

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