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Safety begins with YOU!!! No one is a better advocate for keeping you safe than you! The first step in creating safe work environments and working with best practices, starts with education and knowing the rules, hazards, and options you have for protecting yourself. Use this page as a starting point for finding the info you need, and then come back and share what you have found.


  • A.C.T.S Arts, Crafts, and Theatre Safety
    • Website home of leading safety Expert Monona Rossol. ACTS is a not-for-profit corporation that provides health, safety, industrial hygiene, technical services, and safety publications to the arts, crafts, museums, and theater communities. [1]
    • links to past issues of ACTS FACTS - a monthly newsletter about safety in the arts []
  • OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Administration
    • To assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance. [2]
    • A second resource from Osha on IATSE Performing Arts and Motion Picture Hazard Information. [3]
  • NIOSH National Institute for Occupational Health
    • National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. This US Agency's duty is to 'To develop new knowledge in the field of occupational safety and health and to transfer that knowledge into practice.' Its basically a place to go to find out a huge ton of references and info about work place hazards. [4]
    • Directory of Chemical Safety resources -- want to know all about a certain chemical, what its dangers are, and regulations? NIOSH, created a great website link to use [5]
  • The Essential Chemical Industry - Online
    • This is a reference library of the world’s principal industrial chemicals, their uses and their manufacture using current industrial processes and innovations. This new web-based edition was first developed in 2013 from the book of the same title. You can simply dive in and enjoy a journey of exploration - OR you can research information with more precision. Attached is a link to the homepage, followed by a link to the paint section.[6] [7]

Books about Best Practices and Safety.

  • The Artist's Complete Health and Safety Guide by Monona Rossol
    • Dozens of at-a-glance tables and charts present vital information about art materials, ingredients, technical hazards, proper protective equipment, and safe work practices simply and accurately. This brand-new third edition is now completely revised and expanded to detail lifesaving new safety and ventilation equipment, present urgent new discoveries on toxins and pollutants found in arts and crafts materials, and explain the controversies surrounding new government regulations. A virtual lifesaver for all art and craft workers.[8]
  • The Health & Safety Guide for Film, TV & Theater, Second Edition by Monona Rossol
  • A Practical Guide to Greener Theatre: Introduce Sustainability to your Theater Productions By Ellen E Jones
    • Protecting the environment should be a priority of every theatrical production, but it can be challenging to mount an environmentally-friendly show with limited time, resources, and information. A Practical Guide to Greener Theatre: Introduce Sustainability Into Your Productions not only gives you the information you need to make greener decisions, but provides you with practical, workable solutions. You will learn how to assess and improve every production area –[9]

Right to Know.

Under OSHA’s rules for workplace chemical safety, workers have a right to know about the hazards present in their workplace. This idea is so important that “Right To Know” (RTK) became the common name for a set of OSHA’s rules about chemical labeling. One part of the RTK rules required employers to keep a document on file for each hazardous chemical present in the facility. These documents had to provide data about the safety concerns related to each material, and so they were called Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs). Since OSHA didn’t require any particular format to be followed, two MSDSs for the same chemical may have looked completely different.

  • SDS vs MSDS Saftey Data Sheets vs. Material Safety Data Sheets
    • In 2012, OSHA published a major revision to the RTK rules, creating a new system called HazCom 2012. This regulation for chemical safety in the workplace is based on an existing international standard, called the Globally Harmonized System (GHS). One important part of the new rules requires a single, specific format to be followed in the detailed documentation for hazardous chemicals. This format is the Safety Data Sheet (SDS). This article is about the switch from MSDS to SDS, why it happened and what the difference is [10]

Resources and Charts.

  • Adhesives Chart
    • Comprehensive adhesives chart from Make Magazine. [11]
  • Glove chart
    • See glove section below for more info as well
    • Ansell Chemical Resistance Glove Chart, an excellent chart, but it is brand specific [12]
  • TLV Reference Sheet
    • insert info / link here

PPE Info.

Personal Protective Equipment is simply put the stuff you put on at work that protects you from your work. This includes, safety glasses, ear protection, gloves and breathing protection in the form of dust masks and respirators.

  • Glove info and charts

Every manufacturer of safety gloves has their own unique "recipe" and thus protect your hands differently from chemicals. There is big a difference between Latex, Nitrile, Rubber gloves. Compatibility charts rating systems will vary by the manufacturer’s design of their chart. Many use a color code, where red = bad, yellow = not recommended, green = good, or some variation this scheme. A letter code may be used, such as E + excellent, G = Good, P = poor, NR = Not Recommended. Any combination of these schemes may be used, so please understand the chart before making a decision on the glove to be used. The following is a list of glove info and links to manufacturer supplied charts. If you find one from a brand we don't have please add!

    • This video link from Uline does a great job explaining the difference between exam vs industrial nitrile gloves, powder vs powder free etc [13] and this is the link to the Uline Chemical Resistant Glove Chart [14]
    • Comprehensive Chemical Glove Chart from All Safety Products [15]
      • North Safety Chemical Resistance Guide Link to their gloves [16]
      • Ansell Chemical Resistance Guide and Permeation Guide excellent chart [17]
      • Kimberly-Clark Nitrile Glove Chemical Resistance Chart [18]
      • This chart is a more general based chart, but very easy to read [19]
      • ALL Safety Glove Chart [20]
  • Respirators
    • This PDF link from 3M lists what filters protect you from what chemicals [21]*Respirators
    • The attached article is titled 10 Best Respirator Mask written and updated by the website 10 Best Reviewed, Top 10 Best. The article details the purpose, fit, comfort, and heat resistance of 10 respirator masks. The article details and reviews each mask in a handy breakdown that is for all professions that use respirators. [22]

Fire Retardency.

Follow this link to learn more, as we have it listed in our Techniques and Best Practices section [23]

Scene Shop Hazards.=

As we know its not just paint and product usage we need to care and learn about. Lots of other tasks and jobs take place in the average scene shop, and many Scenic Artists are also Carpenters, and Designers. We need to be informed about all the hazards.

  • Welding
    • This site gives a great basic knowledge explanation of the ways to keep you safe from ALL the dangers involved in welding. Its not just about welding gloves and masks [24]
    • Are welding Fumes Dangerous? YES!!! Leave it to the Canadians to have an easier to read and understand website about the hazards created when you use a super high heated mixture of gasses to melt metal. [25]
  • Spray Painting
    • The finer then particle size, the easier it is to breath in and absorb into your lungs and body. When putting paint through a sprayer - weather it be in a pre-made spray can, or thinned and put into a spray gun, you are creating super fine particles that should not be breathed in.
    • This is a great link to the Hazards of Spray Paint Fumes and what type or proper ventilation oe should use when using paints and other chemicals in a spray form. [26]
  • Respirators
    • The attached article is titled 10 Best Respirator Mask written and updated by the website 10 Best Reviewed, Top 10 Best. The article details the purpose, fit, comfort, and heat resistance of 10 respirator masks. The article details and reviews each mask in a handy breakdown that is for all professions that use respirators. [27]