From: Monona Rossol <0000030664c37427-dmarc-request**At_Symbol_Here**LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Art Studio
Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2018 11:20:19 -0400
Reply-To: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**PRINCETON.EDU>
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Your first problem is to find out if there are any rules.  The State of Texas has exempted themselves from the OSHA regulations which have the safety, health and fire rules followed in most universities.  There are four state universities in Houston and it looks like none are in the University of Texas (UT) system that has independently adopted the federal OSHA standards.  I was recently at one of these Houston universities and they had NO training, NO inspections, NO collection of SDS or any other precautions in place and they actually don't have to do any of this.

That said, EPA rules do apply, and teachers taking institutional waste to a city household waste program is a violation of these rules.  

The charcoal air purifier is a hazard in that high solvent area.  As you surmise, it if collects the painting solvent vapors, you soon will have the charcoal and the lighter fluid all conveniently in the same box.  And the very fact that painting instructor was "given" this air purifier by the school officials of some sort (they may not even have an EH&S department) indicates that no one there has a clue.

If you want some guidelines based on OSHA rules including their fire safety regulations, you can contact me off the forum and I'll send you some unedited chapters from a book on the subject that is scheduled for publication in December.  Then you will at least know what should be done even though I suspect you will not be able to get anyone to do it.

Monona Rossol, M.S., M.F.A., Industrial Hygienist
President:  Arts, Crafts & Theater Safety, Inc.
Safety Officer: Local USA829, IATSE
181 Thompson St., #23
New York, NY 10012     212-777-0062


-----Original Message-----
From: Pam <aubu**At_Symbol_Here**HOTMAIL.COM>
Sent: Fri, Sep 14, 2018 8:29 am
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Art Studio

I was wondering if anyone has information regarding safety guidelines for art studios. Recently one of the art studios has relocated close to my office. Yesterday the smell of solvent in the halls was significant. I am sure that had the odor been coming from one of the chemistry teaching labs a response would have been immediate. In this case no one seemed to bother. I asked the instructor who told me that they had a can for solvent disposal that facilities never seemed to pick up. She was transporting this herself to the county disposal location. Meanwhile there was an air purifier in the room she had been given to take care of the odor (I was wondering if it were explosion proof as it was pulling through solvent vapor) She offered to get another :(. There were jars of solvent open at each easel for cleaning brushes. 

Does anyone know where I can find safety code for art studios. What I observed is concerning.


Pamela Auburn, PhD
2041 Branard
Houston TX 77098
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