A Guide to Safe Practice in Art & Design

7.7   Paints

Most paints used in schools are perfectly safe, but some practices may create hazards.

7.7.1    Pigments
7.7.2    Paint Spraying
7.7.3    Ingestion of Paints
 

7.7.1    Pigments

The use of dry pigments to make up paint can lead to inhaling dust. Personal protective equipment may be necessary. Some pigments may contain carcinogenic substances, such as arsenic and chrome.

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7.7.2    Paint Spraying

The spraying of paint by airbrush, aerosol or on a larger scale with compressed air may produce a fine mist of pigment dust in the air, with solvent vapours which can then be inhaled. If large or regular amounts of spraying are done, a spray booth with exhaust or water-backed ventilation should be used. In any case, good ventilation is essential for all paint spraying.

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7.7.3    Ingestion of Paints

The practice of licking or pointing a paintbrush by mouth may result in the ingestion of toxic pigments.