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designers use materials that contain potentially hazardous chemicals which can
release toxic compounds before, during, and after use. Machinery and tools used
in classrooms, studios, and workshops can be dangerous if not used properly.
Students are required to familiarize themselves with potential health and
safety hazards in work areas and with appropriate techniques and equipment to
minimize the possibility of exposure and injury. In some studio and shop areas,
the College requires you to use gloves, safety goggles and other personal
protective equipment (PPE). In some cases, appropriate PPE will be provided by
the department. Students must follow faculty and department technicians’
instructions on use of equipment and materials.
RISD provides appropriate fire-rated cabinets and containers for
disposal and storage of ﬂammable materials such as paint and solvents. Students
are asked to keep any paints, solvents and chemicals in properly labeled
containers appropriate to their use. Students are required to read and sign the
RISD Studio Space Assignment terms letter. All safety and security regulations
will be strictly enforced; violations will result in disciplinary actions and
may result in the loss of studio privileges.
Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
on all materials used on campus are available through the RISD and Metcalf
stores, the Environmental Health + Safety (EH+S) Ofﬁce, and online via
intranet.risd.edu. In addition, each academic department has on file the MSDSs
for materials used by the department.
Pregnant women, people with
respiratory problems, and those placed under physical restrictions by their
physicians should make their conditions known to their instructors or
supervisors as soon as possible. If you suspect you have a health condition
that could affect your ability to perform tasks related to class activity,
discuss this with your instructor. Your instructor will then discuss your case
with the Health Services staff and evaluate available alternatives.
Occupational hazard technology is
rapidly growing and changing. Environmental health and safety information about
the arts can be obtained at the RISD Library through monthly periodicals such
as ACTS FACTS and Art Hazard News.
Also, the RISD Library has reference books such as Safety in the Arts by Michael McCann and The Artist’s Complete Health and Safety Guide by Monona Rossol.
These and other environmental health and safety reference books may also be
purchased at the RISD or Metcalf stores.
If you need additional environmental
health and safety information, or have any concerns, please contact the
Environmental Health and Safety Manager at x6780 or visit Environmental Health and Safety on RISD's Intranet.