Hidden Hazards In The Art Studio

Here you will find presentations, links, and reading materials related to Barnstable County’s Hidden Hazards in the Art Studio initiative, sponsored by the Barnstable County Hazardous Waste, Water Quality, and Recycling Program. Hidden Hazards in the Art Studio workshops have been designed for artists, educators, and public safety workers to help support the art community while protecting families, pets, and the environment from toxic, corrosive and flammable chemicals. Take our survey to help us better serve your needs and explore our library of resources.


Brochures, posters, and informative materials to view and print.

Hidden hazard brochure


Protect and Dispose poster

Protect & Dispose Poster

Pet Safety Poster

Pet Safety Poster

Hidden Hazards Magnet


Below you will find our Hidden Hazards in the Art Studio series and our training video


Click here for TURI’s new subject guide on health and safety considerations in the arts.

Click here for a searchable database of household products, information on product ingredients and potential health effects and safety and handling.

Click here for Columbia University Hazardous Waste Guidelines

Click here for Princeton University Hazardous Waste Guidelines

Click here for info on chemical hazard management issues in the arts.

Click here for the U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s guide on hazards associated with the use of art and craft materials by children.

Click here for the  U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s guide for businesses producing art materials.

The EU Trade Union Institute provides information on sensitizers as well as a definitive list of respiratory sensitizers and substances.

Click here for a summary from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. This describes the issues, defines the terms and provides examples of  chemicals and products that can cause sensitization, asthma and dermatitis.

Princeton University has an excellent art hazard page that addresses a variety of harmful effects including chromium sensitivities.

Dr. Michael McCann authored a summary of art solvent hazards and allergic dermatitis.

Click here for information on toxins and skin irritants/sensitizers in printmaking.

Rosin, commonly used in printmaking and jewelry solder, can cause a severe skin irritation called colophony. Click here for more info.

Mccann, Michael. (2005). Artist Beware, Updated and Revised: The Hazards in Working with All Art and Craft Materials and the Precautions Every Artist and Craftsperson Should Take . Lyons Press. New York.

Rossol, Monona. (2001). The Artist’s Complete Health and Safety Guide. 3 rd Ed. Allworth Press. New York.

Shaw, Susan and Monona Rossol. (1991). Overexposure: Health Hazards in Photography. 2 nd Ed. Allworth Press. New York.

The Art & Creative Materials Institute, Inc. (1994). What You Need to Know About the Safety of Art & Craft Materials. Boston. (A 12 page booklet on the approval seals of the ACMI voluntarily used by members of this non-profit trade association of manufacturers of art, craft and creative materials. Includes basic safety tips and toxicology information connected with art materials. Free from: The Art & Creative Materials Institute, Inc., 1280 Main St. P.O. Box 479, Hanson, MA 02341. Tel: (781)-293-4100.

Kalliope Chute - Hazardous Materials Environmental Specialist / Cape Cod Groundwater Guardian