Unfortunately, in the art world there are a lot of misinformation that creates unnecessary fear for people who wants to start an art activity.
Here are some basic studio safety protocols to follow when dealing with art materials.
- Many people believe that cadmium colors are highly toxic. Is this statement correct? Many art materials contain cadmium however in small amounts. They usually contain cadmium salt which is not enough to be toxic. The only way you get cadmium poisoning is to literary eat or ingest the paint. So make sure to wash your hands thoroughly before eating.
- Avoid inhaling the paints. Especially in its dry form. These is especially true when spray painting.
- When using paints containing lead be sure not to sand it and inhale the dry components. Make sure to wash your hands thoroughly after very use.
4. Use protective gears and creams while using these art materials. There are some creams designed to help protect your skin from these harmful elements. When working with pastels dry pigments usually sticks in your hand. This may dry and irritate your skin. Use creams and soaps that is designed to help avoid this.
5. When painting with oils you usually need thinners. Try using thinners that are odorless. This made with lesser toxins. Make sure that your windows are open when using thinners. If you have the extra cash, invest on an air filter that will filter out toxic elements in the air.
6. Dispose of your used art materials properly. Do not dump them in your sink. This will contaminate the environment.
7. Be careful not to live oily rugs in a container to avoid fires. Soak this rugs in water to prevent spontaneous combustion.