Art Education Studio

Coordinator, Bill Haust

1. Art education students are encouraged to work with non-toxic materials whenever possible.

2. Art Education students must at all times think about safety implications when working with their students.

3. Since Art Education students use many materials and processes, all rules of this booklet apply!

Our art education students, as future elementary and secondary art teachers, should model safe practices with materials because of the implications of using hazardous materials with children.  The art education curriculum at PSU introduces the following topics to students:

1. Which art materials are considered safe to use in elementary and secondary schools.

2. How are children more susceptible than adults to toxic art materials and unsafe practices in the art room.

3. How can an elementary or secondary art room be designed and set up to maximize safe practices.

4. What are suppliers recommend for school art programs.

In addition, art education students  become familiar with state and federal statutes and organizations that can inform and assist prospective art teachers in developing safe and healthful art rooms.

Safety Rules  for Storage

Studios are to be kept in good order. Solvent, flammable and corrosive material containers are to be kept covered at all times and stored in cabinets or lockers when not in use.


All waste solvents and other waste chemicals are to be poured into the disposal jugs provided by the University for this purpose. Oily rags are to be thrown away only in the special flammable rag disposal containers provided as indicated. Ordinary trash is not to be accumulated, but must be thrown out in the disposal barrels provided for this purpose. Do not mix incompatible chemical wastes. Do not mix chemical waste with trash. Do not pour chemicals down the drain! Detailed hazardous waste procedures are given in Appendix A.

Storing Hazardous Materials in Lockers and Cabinets

No student may store a hazardous material (solid, liquid or gas) in any locker, cabinet, desk, credenza, or similar piece of furniture except under the following conditions:

(1) The material is directly related to work being done at Plymouth State University.

(2) The student obtains a copy of a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) or other appropriate literature (i.e. photocopy of the printed label) that describes the hazards of the material.

(3) The instructor or studio manager running the course for which the material is to be used must give permission for storage after reviewing the safety material provided by the student.

(4) The hazardous material is always stored in an unbreakable container (i.e. metal or heavy plastic) that is closed with a cap or lid that will prevent leakage when the container is tipped over. Where possible, the storage container shall be the one in which the hazardous material was originally obtained.

(5) Specifically prohibited are the following types of containers:

  • Glass jars or bottles (unless originally supplied this way).
  • Uncapped or open containers of any sort.
  • Coffee cans, beakers, jars, etc. with loose or improvised lids (i.e. corks, wax paper or plastic wrap, etc.).
  • Food containers (such as Tupperware [TM], soft drink bottles, etc.) that are not clearly labeled as containing hazardous materials.
  • Damaged containers of any sort or already leaking containers.

(6) No container for a flammable liquid (e.g. Thin-X, turpentine, etc.) may not be larger than one-gallon (a fire department regulation). Other hazardous liquids (e.g. photo solutions, etchants) may be stored by students in containers larger than one-gallon only when approved by the Safety Office.

(7) On-site storage of any student owned material (hazardous or otherwise) is at the sole discretion of Plymouth State University. Materials whose ownership is not obvious; or that are not related to academic work at the University; or whose containers are unlabeled, damaged, leaking or otherwise faulty; or which represent any other unacceptable risk to life or property; or that may be reasonably considered unwanted or abandoned are subject to being removed from the premises without either prior notice or compensation to the owner. For assistance or further information, call the Safety Office

Plymouth State University reserves the right to prohibit storage or use on the premises of any material that, in the opinion of the University, is too hazardous to be present regardless of its intended use.

The owner or possessor of unsuitable materials will be asked to promptly remove them from the premises. If the owner cannot, will not, or should not (because of high risk) remove the material themselves from the campus it will be sequestered by either the Safety Office or the Campus Police for subsequent removal and disposal at the expense of the material’s owner. If the material is an illegal narcotic or an explosive or pyrotechnic device of any type, it will be confiscated by the Campus Police and its owner or possessor may be subject to appropriate discipline.

The procedures by which an unusually hazardous material should be used safely should be determined in advance by joint consultation with the appropriate faculty and the Safety Office.

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Contact Us

Art Department

Nick Sevigney
Art Department Chairperson 2014-17
Ceramics Program Coordinator
Associate Professor of Art

Draper & Maynard Building, Room 207
Phone: 603-535-2201
Email: (Debra Stalnaker, Administrative Assistant)
Fax: 603-535-2938

Mailing Address
17 High Street
MSC #21B
Plymouth, NH 03264