The definition of what is considered *safe* as an art product is determined
in the following fashion:
1) animal testing is done on one generation of non-lactating non-pregnant
2) there are 10 mice in the test
3) if 6 mice live the material is SAFE
4) if 5 mice live the material is NOT SAFE
The differential in determining if a product is SAFE is ONE little mouse. In
the past product safety was even more relaxed and the testers could be paid
off to ignore the actual contaminants in the products. Since the US
Government has intervened rules have tightened up slightly.
Always be sure to see the updated MSDS sheets when purchasing a product you
are concerned with. Years ago silk screening was done with the adherent
toluene, which is very toxic, causes kidney damage and natural fetal
abortions. Many of us used the product in our classes and some may still.
Are we truly aware which of our female students might be pregnant??
My concern is also for those students of Special needs who may have an
adverse reaction to art products and are unaware as we are this might occur.
You spend MORE time in the classroom than the kids do and have a much longer
exposure to the contaminants.
Always take the extra time to be concerned....for your safety as well as the
kids. In the long run, it teaches students who pursue art at home, to be
safe, careful, and productive.