Many occupations have some health risks attached to them, whether mental or physical and they often come through a variety of external factors which can be controlled to some extent by the individual. As I get older and the usual range of aches and pains set in from mild arthritis in my hands to increased sensitivity to fumes or substances to decreased eyesight, I wonder about my ability to continue making marks on paper into the future.
Illnesses can be caused by:
- art materials,
- the contents of art supplies and their effects on the body,
- improper handling of art materials,
- selection and use of equipment to prevent illness and injury,
- the design of studios, classrooms, and other work environments to minimize dangers to artists
- Monona Rossol is a chemist, artist, and industrial hygienist is President/founder of Arts, Crafts and Theater Safety, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to providing health and safety services to the arts. ACTS publishes data sheets (from 1 to 10 pages) on over 60 different technical subjects related to health and safety in art and theater which are available free of charge or for a nominal fee.
- Art and Creative Materials Institute is an international organization that was organized to assist its members in providing the public with art and creative materials for children and artists that are non-toxic. All products in the program undergo extensive toxicological evaluation and testing before they are granted the right to bear the ACMI certification seal. The institute provides information on hazardous products.
- The Artists Complete Health & Safety Guide - this provides information on an incredible variety of art materials and processes.
- The Arts Resource Centre outlines health, safety and insurance for artists.
- The Crafts Report looks at studio ergonomics.