Product Health & Safety Information
United Art and Education is extremely concerned about the safe use of our products, especially among children. We have attempted not only to identify items that are safe for use by children, but also to highlight those that should not be used without supervision, or by children under 3 years of age. Products that have not been properly labeled as non-toxic should not be used in the presence of children or in environments with persons who are unable to understand safety labeling information.
ACMI Certification of Products
Products bearing any of these labels have had a toxicological evaluation by a medical expert and have been reviewed by The Arts and Creative Materials Institute (ACMI) Toxicological Advisory Board. These products are certified by ACMI to be labeled in accordance with the chronic hazard labeling standard, ASTM D4236 and Federal law, P.L. 100-695.
For more information on the testing of products, contact ACMI at (781) 556-1044.
For more information on the safety of products we carry, or for a copy of ACMI's informative booklet, "What You Need To Know About The Safety of Art & Craft Materials," call our customer service department at (800) 322-3247 or contact us with your request.
Health & Safety Labels
AP Seal, non-toxic
Products bearing the AP Approved Products Seal are certified by the Art & Craft Materials Institute (ACMI) to contain no materials in sufficient quantities to be toxic or injurious to humans or to cause chronic or acute health problems. These products are safe to use in the classroom, even with young children.
CL - Cautionary Label, Not Recommended for use with Children
Products bearing the CL Cautionary Label Seal have health warnings associated with them and are not recommended for use around young children. These products should be used with caution and adult supervision is recommended.
Products bearing the PMA Approved Seal are certified by the Pencil Makers Association (PMA) and will be identified by that seal. This seal indicates that the products do not contain any materials which cause acute or chronic health hazards.
According to California Proposition 65 regulation, products containing unbound Titanium Dioxide must display this warning. Titanium Dioxide is a chemical believed by the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects and/or reproductive problems.
Conforms to ASTM D-4236
Products that carry this statement conform to the labeling standards of the Hazardous Art Materials Act. If the product is non-toxic, then no warning needs to be included on the label. However, if the product is found to carry acute or chronic health hazards, the information on the label must alert the consumer to those hazards.
Many safe products do not carry an AP Seal. These products are identified as non-toxic in our catalog and are properly labeled. They can be safely used in any classroom setting.
In accordance with the Consumer Products Safety Act of 2008, all toy products must carry a cautionary statement if they are or contain small parts, balloons, balls or marbles. A product exhibiting a cautionary label includes the nature of the hazard and the appropriate user age.
Lead and Cadmium Content for Glazes
All glazes are labeled to reflect their lead and cadmium content. Please select glazes carefully when making pieces that are to be used as dinnerware.
The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI) was founded in 2001 with the mission of improving human health and quality of life by enhancing indoor air quality and reducing people’s exposure to chemicals and other pollutants. In keeping with that mission, GEI certifies products and materials for low chemical emissions.