Knowledge of materials and their proper use helps to make them safe. educator, inc. believes strongly in providing the user with all the information they need to safely enjoy their art experience. To this end all Handy Art® products are certified AP non-toxic. However, it is always best to treat all materials with respect and handle them properly.
Always attempt to minimize skin contact with paint products. Do not use products for skin painting that are not specifically formulated and labeled for such use. Wash up after use, both yourself and your supplies. Do not eat, drink or smoke while using art materials and be sure to wash your hands before you do any of these activities. Following these simple "safe care" guidelines will allow you to have a safe fun enjoyable experience.
A few other tips:
• Never pour paint back into a container after it’s dispensed. This paint may have become contaminated and it could spoil the entire bottle.
• Do not work "out" of the paint bottle, rather dispense the paint you will need and store the bottle with the cap on to help keep the paint fresh.
• Use separate clean containers to mix and blend paints. If you are diluting paint with water, make only enough for your project. By diluting your paint you are also diluting the preservatives and chances are the reduced paint will spoil quickly.
• When possible, place paints in a cool storage area. Storing paint on the top shelves of hot storage closets over long periods of time may shorten the shelf life of liquid art products.
What does the ACMI Seal mean?
The new AP (Approved Product) Seal, with or without Performance Certification, identifies art materials that are safe and that are certified in a toxicological evaluation by a medical expert to contain no materials in sufficient quantities to be toxic or injurious to humans, including children, or to cause acute or chronic health problems. This seal is currently replacing the previous non-toxic seals: CP (Certified Product), AP (Approved Product), and HL Health Label (Non-Toxic) over a 10-year phase-in period. Such products are certified by ACMI to be labeled in accordance with the chronic hazard labeling standard, ASTM D 4236, and the U. S. Labeling of Hazardous Art Materials Act (LHAMA). Additionally, products bearing the AP Seal with Performance Certification or the CP Seal are certified to meet specific requirements of material, workmanship, working qualities, and color developed by ACMI and others through recognized standards organizations, such as the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). Some products cannot attain this performance certification because no quality standard currently exists for certain types of products.