Environment, Health & Safety

We follow a detailed materials & handling plan, designed to be compliant and to align with specific regulatory agencies.

What you will find on this page


Containment of hazardous materials is required for the protection of the environment from contamination as well as for the protection of employees who work in areas where hazardous materials are stored and used.

Ask the Teaching Artist where to dispose your mineral spirits. We have a flammable can specifically for this purpose.

Wipe extra paint off of your palette with a paper towel and then throw it in the trash can.

Water Compliance
  • NO DUMPING to drains or storm sewers
  • WET PROCESSES are metered and sampled to ensure compliance

Hazardous Materials

Hazardous Material is a substance (biological, chemical, radiological, and/or physical) that has the potential of causing injury to humans, animals or damage to the environment, either by itself or through interaction with other factors. Hazardous materials exhibit the characteristics of being explosive, flammable, toxic, corrosive, oxidizing, irritating or otherwise harmful.

The definition of hazardous waste is complex, however, it is any material intended to be disposed of that exhibits certain CHARACTERISTICS or is specifically LISTED by EPA as hazardous waste.

Disposing of Hazardous Waste

On a small scale, COMPATIBLE wastes may be collected in small LABELED containers in a MARKED cabinet. Any other materials should be disposed of in the properly marked container.

The following procedures apply:
  • All chemicals must be LABELED with the chemical or trade name
  • All waste containers must indicate the word “WASTE” along with a description of waste
  • DO NOT MIX waste unless specifically approved by the process
  • All containers must be CLOSED (LIDS) when not in use
  • Chemical waste must be placed in a PROPER CONTAINER
  • Do not ACCUMULATE too much waste (generally 55 gallons maximum per process)
  • NO LIQUIDS in trash
  • Must be completely empty (internal pressure = external pressure) before disposal
  • If NOT EMPTY, then must be collected as hazardous waste.

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