Art Safety Committee
Art creation and study are traditionally viewed as non-hazardous occupations. Unfortunately, this common misconception fails to show that an artist may encounter many of the same hazardous materials and operations that are found in industrial applications including solvents, dusts, fumes, mists, dyes, and a variety of physical hazards including machinery with moving parts, noise, sharp objects and extreme heat.
The key to safety in the art studio and teaching area is to know the hazards that may be encountered and how to protect oneself from harm. This information must be obtained before starting an activity instead of waiting for an emergency to occur. Employees, students and visitors must be familiar with proper work practices and personal protective equipment and follow applicable safety guidelines. Also, employees and students must be aware of what fellow workers are doing to prevent becoming the victim of their mistakes.
The University of New Hampshire is committed to the safety of all faculty, staff, students, and visitors in drawing, painting, photography, and sculpture studios, as well as woodworking and printmaking shops. In an effort to ensure a safe teaching and working environment, the Office of Environmental Health and Safety and the Art Safety Committee are currently developing an Art Safety Program.
To view the Art Safety Committee agendas and minutes, click here.
UNH Art Safety Committee
Ceramics: Maryse Searls-McConnell
Drawing: Brian Chu
Painting: Grant Drumheller
Photography: Andrew Warren
Printmaking: Scott Schnepf
Sculpture: Ben Cariens
Wood Working: Lynn Szymanski
Graduate Student: Vacant