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Hazard Signal Words

Art Label - Symbols



danger warning


Avoid use or use a safer
alternative, if possible.
Otherwise, protect yourself from exposure through ventilation or protective apparel.

No signal words

no signal words


No art product can be called completely safe.

Even with safer alternatives, take reasonable precautions to reduce exposure: wash hands after using, don't eat around the products, don't breathe the products.

Many of these symbols are only found on products specifically sold for use by artists. Products designed for other purposes, but used by artists may not have these symbols. Always read warning statements on products before purchasing, and follow directions for safe use.

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If children in grade six and under are using art products, they should only use products in the Safer Alternative row. See

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