Safety Policy

Safety Policy

We strive to maintain a safe environment for all. If you are taking a class with us, our safety policy is non-negotiable.

The Art Verv Academy follows Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) laws and regulations. We strive to maintain a safe environment for all.

Do not pour chemicals down the sink at any location, no exceptions. Any brush cleaning must be done in an approved location or in a janitorial sink.

For oil painting classes, please refer to the approved list of materials as we do not allow several toxic solvents unless previously arranged with the instructor. Oily rags must be disposed of in an approved lidded container, ask your instructor if you are unsure.

Oily rags, paints, papers, or any other flammable materials must be disposed of in an approved flammable container.

Please be careful. The Art Verve Academy is not responsible for injuries sustained as a result of improper or careless use of tools or equipment.


The definition of hazardous waste is complex, however, it is any material intended to be disposed of that exhibits certain CHARACTERISTICS or is specifically LISTED by EPA as hazardous waste.

Hazardous Material is a substance (biological, chemical, radiological, and/or physical) that has the potential of causing injury to humans, animals, or damage to the environment, either by itself or through interaction with other factors. Hazardous materials exhibit the characteristics of being explosive, flammable, toxic, corrosive, oxidizing, irritating, or otherwise harmful.

Yes, containment of hazardous materials is required for the protection of the environment from contamination as well as for the protection of employees who work in areas where hazardous materials are stored and used.

How is Hazard Waste handled in the studio?

On a small scale, COMPATIBLE wastes may be collected in small LABELED containers in a MARKED cabinet. Any other materials should be disposed of in the properly marked container.

In the studio, the following procedures apply:

  • All chemicals must be LABELED with the chemical or trade name
  • All waste containers must indicate the word “WASTE” along with a description of the waste
  • DO NOT MIX waste unless specifically approved by the process
  • All containers must be CLOSED (LIDS) when not in use
  • Chemical waste must be placed in a PROPER CONTAINER
  • Do not ACCUMULATE too much waste (generally 55 gallons maximum per process)
  • NO LIQUIDS in trash

In the studio, the following procedures apply:

  • NO DUMPING to drains or storm sewers
  • Wipe extra paint off of your palette with a paper towel and throw it in the trash can.
  • Ask the instructor where to dispose of your mineral spirits. We have a flammable can specifically for this purpose.

In the studio, the following procedures apply:

  • Must be completely empty (internal pressure = external pressure) before disposal
  • If NOT EMPTY, then must be collected as hazardous waste.

Agencies that control the regulations of the Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) in the United States and dictate our safety policies.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

OSHA established under the Department of Labor by the OSHA act of 1970, regulates the storage and use of toxic and hazardous substances as they relate to worker health and safety. OSHA regulations are found in Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 1910, Subpart H.

The OSHA Act requires employers to comply with OSHA standards and regulations and to protect employees from recognized hazards in the workplace. OSHA enforces its rules and regulations by inspecting the workplaces of employers. When violations are discovered during inspections, OSHA issues citations and proposes monetary penalties. OSHA encourages companies to participate in Voluntary Protection Programs. Employers who participate in these Voluntary Compliance Programs develop a new relationship with OSHA and are not subject to programmed inspections; however, compliance remains mandatory.

Phone: (202) 219-8271

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Addresses through the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the law that governs solid and hazardous waste disposal in the United States. 1976, amended in 1984. It states the need for facilities with hazardous waste substances to store containers in some kind of containment system.

Stationary containers, such as tanks, as well as portable storage containers, such as 55-gallon drums, are required to have a system that will protect the environment from this waste if a leak were to occur. Hazardous waste regulations appear in Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

Portable container containment is addressed under Subpart I, Use and Management of Containers (EPS 40 CFR 264.175). Facilities dealing with the storage of hazardous materials may also be required to have containment if they are to meet the Uniform Fire Code (UFC) standards. within the UFC standards, Section 80, Division III refers to the Hazard Materials Storage Requirements pertaining to containers and tanks and Division IV refers to Spill Control, Drainage Control, and Secondary Containment with regard to hazardous materials.


EPA’s Spill Prevention, Control & Countermeasures Rule

Under the authority of the Clean Water Act, EPA published its Oil Pollution Prevention Rule (40 CFR 112) that took effect originally on January 10, 1974. The rule was revised and strengthened on July 17, 2002. Facilities subject to the Rule must prepare and implement a plan to prevent any discharge of oil into or upon navigable waters of the U.S. (including groundwater) or adjoining shorelines. This written plan is called an SPCC Plan.

The plan must address:

  • (a) operating procedures the facility implements to prevent oil spills;
  • (b) control measures installed to prevent oil from entering navigable water;
  • (c) countermeasures to contain, clean up and mitigate the effects of oil spills.

Phone: (800) 621-3431

U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)

Serves as the focal point in the Federal Government for the coordinated National Transportation Policy. The DOT has authority over the shipping and transporting of hazardous materials, including packaging and labeling. The DOT regulations can be found in the Code of Federal Regulations under Title 49 and are based largely upon the recommendations as per the United Nations (UN).

Phone: (202) 366-4000

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

Since 1896, it has been the most recognized non-profit organization in the world dedicated to the protection of human life and property from the hazards of fire

Phone: (800) 344-3555