The artists' materials you use carry inherent risks to your health and the environment. The paints, no matter what the medium, all contain pigments which if ingested or absorbed through the skin can cause damage to your health, and, if disposed of improperly, can damage the environment. Solvents such as mineral spirits or gum turpentine pose similar hazards. The policies outlined below will help you mitigate these hazards, and will not interfere with your creativity. Please follow them. For instructions about brush washing and disposal of solvents, paints, rags and paper towels, and failed art works, please see the attached document, Painting Clean-up Procedures.
Do not breathe solvent vapors in a closed or unventilated area. Small cans of solvent next to your painting table pose little harm, unless the room is small or poorly ventilated. Do not leave large containers of solvents uncovered. Never spray anything in the studios, including fixatives, paints, or varnishes. If a spray booth is available, use it. If not, do all spraying out of doors.
Use common sense and good hygienic practices in your painting studio.
Oil, Alkyd, Resin-oil, Enamel, Encaustic , and other solvent-thinned paints
Acrylic dispersion, Poster Paints ("Temperas"), and other water-thinned paints
When the wash water in Tub A becomes too dirty to clean effectively, it SHALL be put in the white drums next to the sinks in Rooms 354, 356, 159, the Foundry, and the Graduate Studio Areas. Put the water from Tub B into Tub A, and recharge Tub A with detergent. Put the water from Tub C into Tub B. Fill Tub C with fresh tap water.
NO water may be put into sink drains! Sinks are for hand washing ONLY.
Unwanted or waste solvents (except water), oils (including vegetable oils), and mediums SHALL be put into the cylindrical red safety cans located next to the sinks in Rooms 354, 355, 159, the Foundry, and the Graduate Studio Areas. Waste water used for thinning or rinsing SHALL be put in the white drums as described above. The lids to all these containers must be kept closed, except when waste is being added. DO NOT use sinks or toilets for disposing of these materials: doing so will harm the environment and it's illegal.
Unwanted paint including palette scrapings shall be collected on a paper towel or rag and properly disposed of as described below under Rag and Paper Towel Disposal.
Rags or paper towels contaminated with paint or solvents, or that have been used to clean brushes and palettes SHALL be disposed of in the "fire-safe" trash containers in 354, 356, 159, the Foundry, and the Graduate Studio Areas. The lids to these containers must be kept closed. These materials may not be disposed of in ordinary trashcans as they pose a fire hazard. If dumped with ordinary trash they may harm the environment and it's illegal.
Unwanted or failed art projects embody environmentally harmful ingredients and SHALL NOT be disposed of in ordinary trash. Break these objects into small pieces and dispose of in the "fire-safe" trash containers.
YOU are responsible for removing unwanted furniture or trash from your studio to the nearest dumpster. DO NOT leave these objects in a hallway. Objects in a hallway violate insurance regulations, and can block our emergency exit from the building.
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