Many familiar products used in hobby and art projects, including paints, solvents, and glues and cements, may pose significant health hazards if not used properly. In addition, such materials may damage the environment unless properly disposed of. In some cases, good alternatives are available that should be substituted for the more hazardous materials, particularly if the intended user is a child. In other cases, it is possible to minimize the risk to the user by limiting exposure and/or taking precautions such as working in a well-ventilated studio, wearing a respirator, and wearing skin protection such as gloves.

Even if the solvent in a paint is safe, the pigment in a particular color may be hazardous. Many common pigments in oil paints are highly toxic and/or carcinogenic.


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