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Hazards: Pennsylvania Classroom Guide to Safety in the Visual Arts.

HAZARDS: PENNSYLVANIA CLASSROOM GUIDE TO SAFETY IN THE VISUAL ARTS. Joseph B. DeAngelis, Arts in Education Advisor, Pennsylvania Department of Education, 333 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333.

Every now and then, one comes across a publication that prompts a great big "Hooray." Such is the Pennsylvania Classroom Guide to Safety in the Visual Arts. This is one of the best publications an art teacher or administrator could find to determine what must be considered if the visual arts are to be taught in a safe manner.

The guide is straightforward in its articulation of the responsibilities art teachers must assume when teaching their subject. It covers safety policies, procedures and the law in a manner that is readily understood and easily found. Of special interest are the flow charts that quickly and clearly advise teachers on safe practices related to both equipment commonly (and uncommonly) found in artrooms and the safe use of art materials in the classroom. These flow charts use text and symbols to make clear the hazards inherent in our work and how to diminish, if not eliminate, them. The most unique section of this guide provides teachers with Safety Data Sheets that are designed to inform students of safe work practices in all art forms--from ceramics to drawing, enameling, glass blowing, photography, sculpture and so on. They are ideal for duplicating and distributing to students.

Without doubt, this is a resource and reference that should be on every teacher's desk and within every administrator's reach. For information on how to secure your copy, write or call (717-783-6745) Joseph DeAngelis at the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
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Publication:School Arts
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Date:Apr 1, 1991
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