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Art Hazards Project

Many art techniques involve the use of chemicals that can pose risks to human health and the environment if mishandled. The objective of the Art Hazards Project, a project of the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County, is to protect artists’ health and the natural environment in King County from the risks posed by hazardous chemicals in art supplies.

The Art Hazards Project helps identify potentially hazardous chemicals in art supplies and provides information on ways to reduce risks from these chemicals to artists, museum and gallery staff, art educators, and art suppliers through seminars and trainings.

The project team collaborates with artists, art colleges, cooperatives, museums, galleries and suppliers to help artists and art educators understand risks, reduce potential exposures to chemical hazards, and ensure hazardous art materials are properly recycled or disposed when no longer needed.

For more information on the Art Hazards Project or to schedule a training, seminar or initial meeting, contact Dave Waddell at 206-263-3069 or

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