RLS partners with the art departments, together to ensure the health and safety of the faculty, staff, and students. In recent years, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have realized that artists work with many potentially hazardous materials and that, if mishandled or incorrectly disposed, these materials may be potentially hazardous to the individuals working with the materials and to the environment. RLS is offering Safety in the Arts training which includes Hazard Communication and Hazardous Waste training.
This training is designed to specifically address the chemicals used by employees and students in the Art Departments and how to properly dispose of the chemicals.
Common Hazards in the Arts:
Chemicals, compressed gases, machines and electrical hazards are the most common health and safety risks associated with the visual arts. Please refer to these sections of the RLS and EHS websites for more information about:
FDNY Compliance in the Arts
Art Studios use many chemicals such as paints, aerosols, or compressed gases, many of which are hazardous or flammable. Art Studios should be aware of the chemicals in their spaces and comply with all FDNY Regulations. Although not a "Non-Production Laboratory" by name, the FDNY bases the quantities of chemicals in the space and not the use of the space for FDNY Compliance. Please refer to the FDNY Lab Compliance page of the RLS Website for information on what constitutes a "Non-Production Laboratory" and FDNY Permit requirements.
Hand and Power Tools - Shop Safety Training
The Arts programs require the use of hand and power tools on a regular basis. It is important that all members of the Arts who anticipate working with hand or power tools enroll in Shop Safety. Contact EHS@nyu.edu for more information