Identify your hazardous art materials and supplies
Poisonous, irritant and corrosive materials
Flammable and combustible materials
Review the Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for the chemicals you use in order to better understand their proper use, storage and disposal
It is important to have a copy of the SDS for each hazardous chemical used in your studio and to understand the SDS information
SDS’s include a “Signal” word. “Danger” is used for the more severe hazards and “Warning” is used for the less severe hazards.
Manufacturers and distributors of hazardous chemicals are required to provide information about the hazards in a standard, 16 section format
Sections 1-8 of an SDS contain general information about the chemical, identification, hazards, composition, safe handling practices, and emergency control measures (e.g., fire fighting).
Sections 9-11 and section 16 contain other technical and scientific information, such as physical and chemical properties, stability and reactivity information, toxicological information, exposure control information.
Sections 12-15 contain information regarding chemical disposal, transport and other important, but non-mandatory considerations.
Have these OSHA SDS reference sheets available at your studio