Content that belongs in Safety in the Arts and Theater section (safety/art)

Read The Label


Faculty, staff and students have a right and need to know what chemicals they are working with. Everyone should follow basic precautions when using artist supplies and products. 

Painting Studio Safety

The Painting Studio in WIlliams uses only acrylic paints. No oil-based paint products should be used in this area. Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for painting studio materials can be found here.        

Chemical Safety for Artists


Safe Use of Art Materials and Equipment

Artists should take the time to educate themselves about the safe use of the materials and equipment they choose to use so they can safely produce artwork. Promoting best safety practices to students, assistants and their audiences can help improve safety overall and minimize hazards.

Studio Art instructors are responsible not only for their own health, but also for the health of the students they work with or hire and for other occupants working throughout Williams Hall. 

Chemical Routes of Exposure

Silver Soldering

SIlver Soldering Techniques and Tips

Silver soldering, also known as 'hard' soldering or silver brazing, is a process in which two or more parts are joined by melting and flowing filler metal into the joint. The melting point of the filler metal is above 420°C and flows into the joint by capillary action. A silver soldered joint is a sandwich of different layers, each metallurgically linked to the surface of the joined parts, and is very strong - much stronger than soft soldering.

Photography: Darkroom Safety

Those students taking class or working in the WIlliams darkroom may wish to download the Darkroom Safety Guide.




The B & W Photography Darkrooms currently use Sprint Chemicals for developing photos.

All Material Safety Data Sheets for chemicals used in these processes can be found here.


Safety is a priority in the Printmaking Studio. 

Before you begin...

Fine Metals Safety


Safety is a priority in the Fine Metals Studio. 

PPE (personal Protective equipment)

Fire Prevention


Hazards to be aware of in this studio may include:


Click here for Theatre Dept SDS.


Art Dept SDS are linked below.                                              


Painting Studio:

Golden Paints

Printmaking Studio:



Ventilation in Theatre Shops

Proper ventilation is key for many theatre activities. 

Rm 112 Spray Booth: The spray booth in the Imelda Marcos Costume/Shoe Room, Rm 112, has a spray booth. There are two filters in the rear of the booth; these must be changed out regularly by UVM's Physical Plant Dept.  

When the door of the spray booth is opened, the booth's ventilation automatically turns on. Close the Rm 112 door when using the spray booth so that the booth will ventilate the space properly. 


Your Spraying Technique Matters

Costume Design Safety

Costume Design comes with its own unique set of safety hazards.  Below are recommended safety practices while doing the following tasks:

Sewing Safety

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