This section provides a listing of individuals and organizations that you should consult first with your questions about Pollution Prevention for Arts Education.
For additional assistance, refer to the broader, alphabetical list of contacts in the "Where to Go for P2 Help" section of this topic hub.
A.C.T.S. Arts, Crafts & Theater Safety
181 Thompson Street, #23, New York, NY 10012-2586
ACTS is a not-for-profit corporation that provides health, safety, industrial hygiene, technical services, and safety publications to the arts, crafts, museums, and theater communities. Its services include OSHA inspections, OSHA training and courses, lectures, building planning, technical editing, and data sheets and books.
ACMI, Art and Creative Materials Institute http://www.acminet.org/index.htm
P.O. Box 479, Hanson, MA 02341-0479
Telephone: 781-293-4100; Fax: 781-294-0808
The Art and Creative Materials Institute, Inc. (ACMI) is an international association, composed of a diverse and involved membership, and is recognized as the leading authority on art and craft materials. Founded in 1936, ACMI was organized to assist its members in providing the public with non-toxic art and craft materials for children and artists. The institute's members are art and craft material manufacturers, and currently there are more than 210 members. Of the 60,000 art and craft material formulations evaluated to date, 100% of the children's products and 85% of those meant for the adult artists are certified as non-toxic. All products in the program undergo extensive toxicological evaluation and testing before they are granted the right to bear the ACMI certification seals.
Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics (AOEC)
1010 Vermont Ave., NW #513, Washington, DC 20005
Since its founding in 1987, the Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics (AOEC) has grown to a network of more than 60 clinics and more than 250 individuals committed to improving the practice of occupational and environmental medicine through information sharing and collaborative research. They offer a link to occupational and environmental state clinics. AOEC goals include to aid in identifying, reporting, and preventing occupational and environmental health hazards and their effects; to encourage the provision of high-quality clinical services for people with work or environmentally related health problems; to provide a means for occupational/environmental health clinics to share information that will better enable them to diagnose and treat occupational/environmental diseases; to increase communication among clinics concerning issues related to patient care; to facilitate liaison between clinics and agencies responsible for workplace/environmental monitoring; and to provide a source of data for research projects related to occupational/environmental health.
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
135 Hunter Street East, Hamilton, ON, Canada L8N 1M5
Telephone: 905-572-2981; Fax: 905-572-2206
CCOHS promotes a safe and healthy working environment by providing information and advice about occupational health and safety. This includes an MSDS management service, publications, and information on biological hazards, chemicals and materials, healthy and safety programs, safety, and more.
Health and the Arts Program
835 South Wolcott Street, Room #E144, Chicago, IL 60612-7341
Telephone: 312-996-7420; Fax: 312-413-7369
The mission of the Health in the Arts Program is to diagnose, treat, and prevent arts-related disorders among people working in all aspects of the arts. There is increasing recognition that work in the arts can involve health risks such as exposures to toxic materials and hazardous physical conditions. Injuries and repetitive motion disorders can also result from practice and from work in the arts.
Medical specialists in this program treat arts workers with health concerns that may be caused by their work or affect their ability to work. These specialists also work with the arts communities to investigate and prevent hazardous work practices among art students, hobbyists, and professionals. The focus of these efforts includes the following:
Diagnosis and treatment of arts-related disorders
Education on hazards in the arts
Workplace safety and hazard control
Research on causes and prevention
Illinois Greening Schools http://www.greeningschools.org
Illinois Greening Schools, One Hazelwood Drive, Champaign, IL 61820
The Greening Schools project supports schools by assisting with improving physical environmental conditions, while also providing teachers with standards-based tools to introduce the concepts of waste reduction and pollution prevention. One component of this project involves chemical management. School administrators and teachers have access to chemical management workshops and on-line resources, and workshop participants can take advantage of waste chemical removals. Workshops are designed for chemistry teachers as well as all visual, industrial, and performing arts teachers
Improving Kids' Environment http://www.ikecoalition.org/
6530 Cricklewood Road, Indianapolis, IN 46220
Telephone: 317-902-3610, Fax: 866-234-8505
Improving Kids' Environment is a non-profit, advocacy coalition that facilitates tangible and significant improvements to children's health through reduction in environmental threats to children. IKE will help children reach their full potential by working with citizens, non-profit organizations, governments, businesses, and others to identify enviornmental health threats.
Minnesota Healthy Schools Program http://www.healthyschools.state.mn.us/
Minnesota Healthy Schools Program, Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance, 520 Lafayette Rd N Floor 2, St. Paul, MN 55155-4100
Telephone: 651-215-0269, Fax: 651-215-0246
Minnesota Healthy Schools focuses on promoting healthy indoor environments free of toxic chemicals, pesticides, mold, and allergens. The program promotes higher performing school buildings, reduction of environmental impacts, and creating healthy sustainable buildings.
Wisconsin Green and Healthy Schools Program http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/caer/ce/greenschools/
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707
Wisconsin Green and Healthy Schools program is a Web-based, voluntary program available to all public and private elementary, middle, and high schools across Wisconsin. The program encourages teachers, staff, students and parents to work together to use the school, its grounds, and the whole community as learning tools to help teach, promote, and apply healthy, safe, and environmentally sound practices.