A Guide to Studio Safety

In this film, Michael Craine, Director at Cranfield, producer of artist paints and printmaking inks, and Paul Lee, Technical Director at Cranfield, discuss the subject of art materials toxicology. 


A Guide to Studio Safety

Consideration of the dangers of the materials you work with and how to minimise risks with proper handling will help to keep you safe in the studio and give you peace of mind to create your artwork. Paul and Michael lay out key definitions relating to toxicity, including the definition of carcinogens and what is meant by acute and chronic effects of a substance. They describe the four ways toxic materials may enter the body and how to prevent this happening, and go on to explore the information offered by art material manufacturers on product labels and safety data sheets.

Paul and Michael also discuss the link between safety to us as individuals and our environment, both our immediate environs and the wider world, and offer advice on how to keep our art spaces safe, for ourselves, our neighbours, and even our oceans and waterways.



Contents – A Guide to Studio Safety

0:00 Introduction 

0:29 How do you define toxicity? 

3:33 How does a toxic substance enter the body?

3:56 Can a substance be harmful and hazardous?

8:26 How to keep yourself safe in an art studio 

14:00 What is the ‘hierarchy of control?’ 

15:45 Why do some product labels advise you to ‘consult your doctor’? 

18:24 What do the hazard symbols tell us? 

23:00 Dangers associated with non-toxic art materials 

24:38 Toxicology regulations around the world

27:21 Tips to keep your studio safe 

32:00 Remember to ask questions

32:52 Credits



Further Reading

Solvent Safety Guide: Taking Care With Oil Paint Solvents

In Conversation With Michael Craine From Cranfield Colours

Safer Intaglio Printmaking

Langridge Solvent 75 and Safe-Clean-Up


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Lisa Takahashi

Lisa Takahashi has been a contributor to the blog since 2013 and a Jackson’s team member since 2006. Her love of art materials spans oils, watercolours, acrylics and relief print techniques. Alongside her writing she regularly exhibits her artwork, and teaches linocut and painting in Bristol and Somerset.

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