What is ASTM D-4236? | Outlines Art Materials

What is ASTM D-4236?

What is ASTM D-4236?

Brief Answer

ASTM D-4236 is the standard practice of labeling art materials for chronic health hazards. The designation “conforms to ASTM D-4236” means all of the potentially hazardous components of the art product have been clearly labeled on the product packaging.

Expanded Answer

ASTM D-4236 describes the standard procedure for developing precautionary labels for art materials to provide chronic health hazard and precautionary statements based on knowledge that exists in the scientific and medical communities.

ASTM provided an ideal forum that allowed manufacturers of artists’ materials to participate in the resolution of a controversial labeling issue. The forum developed the practice that was adopted and in 1988 the Labeling of Hazardous Art Materials Act (LHAMA) became law in the United States and became the standard worldwide.

Art supplies sold in the United States must include the printed phrase “conforms to ASTM D-4236.” This means that every potentially hazardous component used to make the product is listed on the packaging.
Some common art supply components cause allergic reactions or are dangerous if they touch the skin or the eyes. Others cause respiratory problems if they are over-inhaled.

In order to help people make responsible choices about both choosing and using art supplies the ASTM D-4236 standard requires these components to be listed on art supply packaging

Health warning sign

The related Labeling Hazardous Art Materials Act requires art supply packaging to carry warnings about any dangerous materials, such as “if product gets in eyes, wash immediately.”

Even if the art supply in question contains no potentially hazardous materials, it is still required to carry the ‘conforms to ASTM D-4236’ designation. This shows consumers that the art product they are considering purchasing has been fully checked for hazardous materials.

Key Points

Labeling And Marking Artist Paints And Art Materials.
Occupational Health And Safety warnings – Toxicity of Art Materials – Chronic Health Hazards – Chronic Toxicity

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