CERF+ Studio Safety Guide

Whether you’re looking for a new studio or improving your current space, the CERF+ Studio Safety Guide can help you reduce risk to yourself, your artwork + your career.



Materials and processes associated with creating art can be harmful if you’re not informed. From using non-toxic materials to taking proper precautions, make sure your studio and your practice contribute to a safe environment.

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The Studio Safety Wall Poster

A handy “at-a-glance” guide to staying safe.



Building & Structure Safety


Planning for Electrical Safety


Handling & Disposing of Hazardous Materials


CERF+’s Studio Safety Guide is an easy-to-follow set of questions that studio artists need and deserve answers to. As a professional who has built a career setting up studios for artists, I am impressed to see the full spectrum of relevant safety concerns all in one concise, colorful, and unimposing booklet. This is a true gift from the heart…..of CERF+!”

Eddie Bernard, Owner, Wetdog Glass

“Studio safety is important because as artists we want to focus our energy on being creative. That’s difficult to do while working in an unsafe environment.”

Craig Thibodeau, furniture maker

“CERF+’s Studio Safety Guide is a comprehensive and approachable resource for artists to evaluate their studio’s infrastructure and overall safety. It assists artists in becoming knowledgeable about potential hazards and items to works towards and consider. This booklet is a valuable resource for those looking to set up their first studio or access their current studio. Well done CERF+!!!”

Sylvie Rosenthal, Woodworker and Sculptor.


“At some point in your artistic career, you have to decide whether you want to remain an amateur, or become a professional. Finding and creating a safe, legal, and efficient studio is part of that process. Do it right, and it pays regular dividends.

The CERF+ Studio Safety Guide serves as a checklist to remind artists of a lot of little stuff that slips your mind when searching for, and setting up studio space. It provides resources to assist artists in their assessment, and set-up of their studios. This guide isn’t supposed to be something you read once, then set on the shelf. It’s meant to be written in, and serves as a record you can refer to and update regularly.”

J. Leko, Furniture Maker

An artist suffered mysterious symptoms for years. Then she realized her sculpture was poisoning her.

Washington Post

What was going on? For years, doctors were baffled by what was afflicting the Toronto-based sculptor.

Then, a blood test three years ago came back positive for heavy-metal poisoning. And Genser realized her art was killing her.

“I was flabbergasted,” Genser, 59, told The Washington Post. “Absolutely flabbergasted.”


“The Studio Safety Guide may look small, but this pocket-sized resource will go a long way in helping you protect yourself and your work. Take this guide with you as you look for a new studio or update your current space. Its easy-to-use checklist format will help you readily evaluate the hazards of any space so you can create in a safe and worry-free environment.”

Mirielle Clifford, Program Officer, Online Resources
The New York Foundation for the Arts