Safety Procedures and Release of Liability
Safety Procedures and Release of Liability
As a student of Amanda Lee Jones Art Studio, your child will be working with various art materials. While I always work to the best of my ability to ensure exposure to toxic materials does not occur, and I have procedures and precautions in place for times when toxic materials will be handled, there is always a chance that your child may at some point come in contact with a hazardous substance. Even though potential exposure is greatly limited, you should be aware of the risks and safety procedures involved.
Your child will be required to complete one black and white pastel drawing during the value painting unit. They will also have color pastels available for them to use at any time during their drawing unit. While I do provide ACMI approved pastels and materials*, and I educate the students on proper handling, there is a risk of asthma aggravation if the student blows on the pastels and inhales the dust.
Most paints do not contain metal pigments and are considered non-‐toxic. (See last page for a list of toxic pigments.) However, if there is a paint color that I recommend that is normally toxic, such as chromium yellow hue, there is no (or too little to be concerned about) toxic metal contained in the product. That being said, I still recommend students wear nitrile gloves (provided by the studio) while handling paint. This is to limit the chance of ingesting residual amounts of paints that may be left on the hands after painting or coming in contact with a painted surface. If your child wishes not to wear gloves they must have written permission on file from the parents or guardians. Additionally, if you would like your child to have access to the instructor͛s paint colors that are made with toxic pigments, you must sign the permission form.
See attachment below.
For those who are worried about exposure to solvents I recommend purchasing water-soluble oil paints, which can be used in conjunction with water instead of solvents. However, many students prefer the properties of traditional oil paints and have opted to use them instead of water-soluble oils. Students who are using traditional oil paints will need to use a solvent to clean their brushes. The solvent I provide is odorless mineral spirits with a low evaporation rate, and is one of the least harmful solvents available on the market. Hazards associated with using solvents include defatting of the skin and dermatitis from prolonged or repeated exposure. Acute inhalation of high concentrations of mineral spirits can cause narcosis, which can include symptoms of dizziness, headaches, drowsiness, nausea, fatigue, loss of coordination, coma, as well as respiratory irritation. Chronic inhalation of large amounts of solvents could result in decreased coordination, behavioral changes and brain damage. Odorless mineral spirits, in which the aromatic hydrocarbons have been removed, is less hazardous. Ingestion of either turpentine or mineral spirits can be fatal. In the case of mineral spirits, this is usually due to chemical pneumonia caused by aspiration (breathing in) of the mineral spirits into the lungs after vomiting.
To read more visit: http://web.princeton.edu/sites/ehs/artsafety/sec10.htm#nwbp
Keep in mind, these hazards are associated with extreme cases, such as directly and repeatedly sniffing for prolonged periods of time or drinking the mineral spirits. If you suspect your child may do these things do not recommend oil painting as an artistic outlet.
If your child has permission (see permission form) to use mineral spirits, there are precautions taken to minimize their exposure to the material. Again, nitrile gloves are provided for all students and must be worn unless permission is granted otherwise. Students are advised to keep the paint thinner jars closed when not in use. Also, the studio is equipped with an extremely high quality AirMedic+ Vocarb air purifier that has a medical-grade HEPA filter and 18 lb deep-bed carbon activated filter to eliminate more detailed information on this filter you can visit www.allerair.com.
If reasonable safety guidelines are followed (i.e. don't sniff the paint thinner), your child can participate in the joys of oil painting without serious concern.
Please sign the following release form and return a copy to Amanda Lee Jones Art Studio.
Release of Liability
I, the undersigned, have been informed and understand the health risks and safety precautions associated with my child participating in art classes at Amanda Lee Jones Art Studio, and I release said business and all its officers, agents, and employees from any and all liability associated health complications, personal injury, death or disability of any kind of my child or any other family member.
Signature of parent or guardian
Glove Permission Form
I, ______________________(parent/guardian), grant permission for (student/students) to:
(check all that apply)
[ ] Handle their own paint and related materials with gloves handle their own paint and related materials without gloves handle mineral spirits with gloves.
[ ] Handle mineral spirits without gloves
[ ] I have read and understand the risks involved with each option listed above. I also understand materials and supplies, and do not hold Amanda Lee Jones liable for any exposure to said materials, toxic or otherwise.
Signature of Parent or Guardian
What do the ACMI Seals mean?
The new AP (Approved Product) Seal, with or without Performance Certification, identifies art materials that are safe and that are certified in a toxicological evaluation by a medical expert to contain no materials in sufficient quantities to be toxic or injurious to humans, including children, or to cause acute or chronic health problems. This seal is currently replacing the previous non-‐toxic seals: CP (Certified Product), AP (Approved Product), and HL Health Label (Non-‐Toxic) over a 10-‐year phase-‐in period. Such products are certified by ACMI to be labeled in accordance with the chronic hazard labeling standard, ASTM D 4236, and the U. S. Labeling of Hazardous Art Materials Act (LHAMA). Additionally, products bearing the AP Seal with Performance Certification or the CP Seal are certified to meet specific requirements of material, workmanship, working qualities, and color developed by ACMI and others through recognized standards organizations, such as the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). Some products cannot attain this performance certification because no quality standard currently exists for certain types of products.
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