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Safety guidelines for Fine Arts students working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic

While campus facilities are closed, the university is committed to safeguarding the health and safety of members of the community. Artists can make use of many hazardous materials in their day-to-day work, such as solvents, resins, photography stock solutions, and paints and pigments. Other normally non-hazardous materials can pose health issues if not used correctly, such as sculpting materials (dusts from treated wood, stone, or plaster), fibers, and textiles. Even certain common household consumer products can be hazardous.


For more information, contact:
Environmental Health and Safety (EHS)

514-848-2424, ext. 4877 or

Safe work practices for specific tasks

Some Fine Arts activities require specific control measures, such as efficient exhaust ventilation systems that are not necessarily available at home. It is strongly discouraged to carry out activities involving or generating hazardous chemicals, such as:

  • the use of extremely corrosive chemicals, such as HF or concentrated acidic solutions and other mordents in etching processes (e.g. in printmaking, intaglio and lithography)
  • curing procedures processed at high-temperature in specific fuel-fired or electrical kilns that can release toxic combustion products (e.g. carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, sulfoxides), and
  • when appropriate personal protective equipment is not available.


WHMIS and Consumer Products Pictograms

WHMIS 2015 pictograms


WHMIS 1988 pictograms


Consumer products symbol under the Consumer Chemicals and Containers Regulations (CCCR), 2001


Comparison of pictograms and symbols from different regulations

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