Safety testing & labeling
All Liquitex products are submitted for independent toxicity assessment under the program administered by the Art and Craft Materials Institute (ACMI) in Boston and conform to USA Federal Law governing the labeling of art materials. You can also find Materials Safety Data Sheets for each product on the relevant product pages of this site.
Approved Product Seal
Products bearing the ACMI's Approved Product Seal or simply “Conforms to ASTM D4236” are certified in a program of toxicological evaluation by a medical expert to contain no materials in sufficient quantities to pose a health risk or to be deemed injurious in accordance with current medical knowledge, provided the materials are used in the manner intended. This program is reviewed by the Institute’s Toxicological Advisory Board and products are certified by the Institute to be labeled in accordance with the chronic hazard labeling standard ASTM D4236, the US Labeling of Hazardous Art Materials Act (LHAMA) and CPSIAs total lead.
Cautionary Label Seal
The ACMI's CL Seal identifies products that are certified to be properly labeled in a program of toxicological evaluation by a medical expert for any known health risks and with information on the safe and proper use of these materials. These products are also certified by ACMI to be labeled in accordance with the chronic hazard labeling standard, ASTM D4236, and the US Labeling of Hazardous Art Materials Act (LHAMA).
In the EU consumer products are assessed for chemical hazards using the CLP regulation (Regulation EC No. 1272/2008 on the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures) all Liquitex products have been evaluated against this regulation and labelled in accordance with any hazard classifications.
There is no direct relationship between the EU and USA systems of health labeling as the categories used have different levels and limits, e.g. Flammable in the USA is not automatically considered as Flammable in the EU.
Liquitex products are sold internationally and occasionally a label may cover both the EU and US safety information. You are recommended to follow the safety information indicated for your place of residence.
Provided our products are used as directed and the safety measures on the label are followed all Liquitex products can be used safely. Our product labels and Safety Data Sheets offer the most up to date information. After reviewing these you are welcome to contact us via the contact page on the website if you still have questions.
Safe studio tips
Here’s some tips to keep you safe and minimize your environmental impact in the studio:
While you're working
- Keep your workspace well ventilated, ideally with fresh air, particularly if using solvent or sprays
- If using a spray, wear the relevant mask. Even with our low-solvent, low-odor Spray Paints we recommend the use of a paper mask as the spray action causes dust and particles to rise into the air
- The most environmentally safe way to use acrylic paint or medium is obvious: only squeeze or scoop out what you need, rather than having lots to dispose of after a session in the studio
- Don’t ‘point’ your brush in your mouth. Swirl it in a cup of water instead
- Try to wash your hands before eating, drinking or smoking in the studio. You never know what will end up on your hands and then get swallowed inadvertently
- Avoid getting solvents onto your skin
- If you paint with your fingers be aware that you may be driving pigment into and through your skin
- If you’re working with acrylics it’s a good idea to set up a specific acrylic waste bin (or old paint tin) in the studio so you can keep everything together and dispose of it safely and responsibly
- After painting, before it’s had a chance to dry, return any loose color/medium back into its container and then wipe off your tools and palette with a paper towel or rag (an old toothbrush is good for thicker consistencies). Put the dirty wipes into your acrylic waste bin