• Exits should be free of obstructions.
  • Rooms should be free of obstructions to cleaning and maintenance.
  • Rooms should be free of signs of moisture, water problems or mold.


  • Do not eat or drink in the art classroom where chemicals are present.
  • Ensure proper ventilation.
  • Wash hands frequently when working with any chemicals.
  • Do not use glazes containing lead or cadmium.
  • Wear protective clothing and gloves.
  • Wear suitable eye protection.
  • Use pump spray bottles rather than spray paints.
  • Try to replace turpentine and other aggressive solvents with solvents that are less toxic, volatile, and flammable.
  • Keep all hazardous chemicals locked up when not in use.
  • Know the location of emergency eye wash stations and safety showers.
  • Do not leave open containers of solvents or varnish.
  • Pay close attention to the chemicals listed on labels. Do not purchase hazardous chemicals.
  • Pregnant women in particular should not use any lead pigments or products.
  • Dispose of hazardous materials in the proper manner. (Do not put down the drain or in the garbage.)


Created by MSU Extension Housing and Environmental Health Program

Contact Myla Kelly at 406-994-6948 or [email protected]

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