Painting Area Health and Safety Guidelines

In order to better insure the health and safety of our students, the Painting faculty has agreed on the following standards that all students need to adhere to. This initiative means that some long standing traditions and practices had to be abandoned in order to improve the working conditions in our studios. The cooperation of all students is essential to maintaining a healthy environment.

The following rules apply to all Major’s studios and elective classes in Painting:



NO STORAGE OF FLAMMABLE MATERIALS such as: hay, newspaper, oily rags, etc.

PASTELS OR CHALKS may create hazardous particulate matter. See instructor for safe handling instructions.

NO SINKS may be used to dispose of painting wastes. Solvent or media waste is to be disposed of in marked jugs only.

NO PAINTING RAGS OR TRASH may be allowed to accumulate in studios. NO BREAKABLE GLASS CONTAINERS may be used to store solvents or mediums.

ODORLESS PAINT THINNER OR ODORLESS MINERAL SPIRITS are the only solvents that may be used to thin paint or to clean painting materials. Other solvents such as; ‘Citrisol’, ‘Turpenoid’, Turpentine, lacquer thinner and plain (not odorless) mineral spirits are NOT allowed in any studio.

  • The largest container of odorless mineral spirits allowed in 2D studios is 1 pint.
  • All unused solvent or medium containers must be made of plastic or metal, clearly labeled as to exact contents, and stored in a container with a tightly closing top.
  • Cleaning of brushes and palettes should be done with mineral oil (baby oil), ‘Murphy’s Oil Soap’, and paper towels rather than with odorless mineral spirits.
  • It is recommended that students wear disposable latex gloves while working with oil or acrylic paints of low toxicity simply to protect sensitive skin. Highly toxic paints (such as those containing chromium, lead, cadmium and zinc) should be used with caution, adequate personal protection, and under circumstances approved by the instructor.