environments can expose people to toxic chemicals and require special
consideration. These include working with arts and crafts, child
care/school settings, work places, and waste sites.
are three major types of hazards when dealing with arts and crafts:
house paint, art supplies are not regulated. Therefore many artists'
paints contain metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium, and cobalt.
Other supplies such as inks, glazes, pastels, enamels, and solder
can also contain these metals.
are used as cleaners, thinners and are even found in rubber
cement. Organic solvents can cause irritation, nerve damage and
death if ingested.
and fibrous material like asbestos,
silica, talc, lead, cadmium and mercury are generated while mixing
powdered pigments, glazes, clay, and pastels with water or oil.
The fibers and dust can get into your lungs and cause scarring of
the lungs or be absorbed into your blood stream.
Many of the
affects that these chemicals can cause can be avoided by following
directions or avoiding use of art supplies with harmful contents.