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Pastels and Paints

      The Hazardous Waste Management program in King County Washington has done a series of videos and workshops on the hidden hazards in the arts. For more information you can go to their website.

 

Pastels and Paints

      The Hazardous Waste Management program in King County Washington has done a series of videos and workshops on the hidden hazards in the arts. For more information you can go to their website.  This includes video #2 in the series.

Pastels

      Pastels are mostly made up of a pigment and a binder. Pigments can contain heavy metals and be very toxic, especially older pastels. In newer soft pastels the main concern is the amount of dust created during their use. This dust is easily inhaled and can cause serious respiratory problems. Oil pastels create little dust, and therefore have a lower rate of exposure, compared with soft pastels. However, both oil and soft pastels may contain heavy metal pigments.
 
Is Your Pastel Studio Safe? 
A discussion on why and how pastels are a health concern by Monona Rossol, an industrial hygienist, including general ideas on how to lower exposure and other possible solutions. 

 

Dust Exposure

A brief description of the health concerns of dust and other potential problems from dry drawing media, from the Florida State University.

    Air Quality

    Air Quality in Art Studios
    A Canadian Air Purifier company has a page dedicated to Artists and the dangers and hazards they face in the studio, in regards to air quality. This is incredibly important for dry media artists who create dusts from pastels, chalks, and charcoal.  

    Toxics Use Reduction Institute - University of Massachusetts Lowell
    600 Suffolk St. - Wannalancit Mills - Lowell MA 01854
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