Free workshop on hidden hazards in the arts

Tips to create art safely using less toxic materials

Artists can learn about safer chemicals, storage, and disposal at a free Hidden Hazards in the Arts workshop sponsored by the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program (LHWMP) in King County and Northwest Drftwood Artists.

Come and learn how to produce art and protect yourself from the many toxic chemicals artist use this Saturday, Jan 18,, 9:30 a.m. to noon, at the Houghton Fire Station, 6602 108th Ave. NE, Kirkland.

Donna Galstad, a Health and Environmental Investigator with the Art Hazards team, will discuss art techniques, less toxic art supplies and options for reducing risks from chemicals, as well as other services such as disposal, recycling or incentives.

“Artists are very creative with the materials and techniques they use, and we are here to help them take out some of the risks from handling chemicals, and most don’t realize they may be using toxic chemicals,” Galstad said. “Especially since many artists have home studios, we want to help them protect their health and their families.”

The LHWMP Art Hazards project team collaborates with artists, art colleges, cooperatives, museums, galleries and suppliers to help artists and art educators be informed about risks, reduce potential exposures to chemical hazards, and ensure hazardous art materials are properly recycled or disposed.

Glues can be toxic. Driftwood sculpture, courtsey of Flickr (thcakg3iw0).

Glues can be toxic. Art Hazards workshop hosted by:
Driftwood sculpture, courtsey of Flickr (thcakg3iw0).

Anyone interested in hosting a workshop or with a suggested workshop topic can contact Dave Waddell, Art Chemical Hazards Project Coordinator at 206-263-3069 or

The Local Hazardous Waste Management Program is a partnership of local governments including Seattle, King County, the suburban and other cities in King County, working together to manage hazardous wastes and protect health and the environment. Visit us at