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re:toxic materials

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Stephanie Ignazio (smi)
Mon, 28 Dec 1998 15:19:39 -0500


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Hi, I've just read your thoughts on the list serve and I have a few =
questions.
I work in a very large building (over 850) kids. As a result of our =
population I have no art room. I now have all my supplies in what used =
to be the janitors closet. It has no windows, no clean air and no =
ventilation, and yes, it even comes with its own toilet and smelly, but =
large sink. Two weeks ago I came into work and thought something had =
died underneath the floor of my "office". Turns out it was the septic =
system drying out because the toilet in my office is never =
flushed...please, like I would ever have to go that bad! As a result, =
for days I couldn't work in there because of the odors and lingering =
gases. I spent most of the first day in my assist. principal's office. =
After discussing things with the principal she expressed concern about =
the art materials that we do use in our curriculum. Yes, they are all =
non-toxic but still come with varying scents that are sometimes =
overpowering in the classrooms and office space. Last year, I found that =
a particular glue stick ( the purple UHU ) was making me dizzy and ill. =
My question to all is.. are there any art materials out there that are =
non-toxic, non-irritating and scent-free that I could look =
into??Basically, I am now working out in the hall or around my building =
because everytime I go into the office I feel ill. Any thoughts would be =
appreciated, Stephanie

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Hi, I've just read your thoughts on = the list=20 serve and I have a few questions.
I work in a very large building = (over 850) kids.=20 As a result of our population I have no art room. I now have all my = supplies in=20 what used to be the janitors closet. It has no windows, no clean air and = no=20 ventilation, and yes, it even comes with its own toilet and smelly, but = large=20 sink. Two weeks ago I came into work and thought something had died = underneath=20 the floor of my "office". Turns out it was the septic system = drying=20 out because the toilet in my office is never flushed...please, like I = would ever=20 have to go that bad! As a result, for days I couldn't work in there = because of=20 the odors and lingering gases. I spent most of the first day in my = assist.=20 principal's office. After discussing things with the principal she = expressed=20 concern about the art materials that we do use in our curriculum. Yes, = they are=20 all non-toxic but still come with varying scents that are sometimes = overpowering=20 in the classrooms and office space. Last year, I found that a particular = glue=20 stick ( the purple UHU ) was making me dizzy and ill. My question to all = is..=20 are there any art materials out there that are non-toxic, non-irritating = and=20 scent-free that I could look into??Basically, I am now working out in = the hall=20 or around my building because everytime I go into the office I feel ill. = Any=20 thoughts would be appreciated, Stephanie
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