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Health and Safety

The information provided in this guide is a resource for students, staff, and faculty working in Art Department facilities. Individuals are responsible for understanding and taking the necessary precautions to protect their health and the health of their peers.

Where hazardous chemicals are present, and the potential for splashing or spills exists, long sleeves, pants, closed-toe shoes, and a lab coat or apron should be worn. Also, when operating equipment, all hair shoulder length or longer or that obstructs your vision needs to be tied back, bracelets, long necklaces, chunky watches, and rings should be removed. Students must follow lab-specific safety guidelines.

Emergency Contact Information

  • University Police: 315-312-5555
  • Medical Emergencies: 315-312-5555
  • Oswego Police: 911

Fire Safety Information

  • Fire: 315-312-5555
  • Determine the location of nearest fire exits, alarms, and extinguishers.
  • In case of fire, do NOT use elevators, exit via stairways.

Office of Environmental Health & Safety 

SUNY Oswego’s Office of Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) is responsible for providing campus-wide compliance with federal, state, and local environmental, safety, and fire regulations. EH&S‘s friendly staff provides guidance, training, and support to all campus departments, as needed. Compliance with safety regulations in all classrooms and labs is monitored and maintained by EH&S, directed by Ken Ayhens.

Ken Ayhens, Chief EH&S Officer
Lee Hall 111
Oswego, NY 13126

Hazardous Waste

The EH&S’s hazardous waste disposal procedure is designed to assure minimal harm to people and the environment. Follow these procedures for safe disposal.

  • Review the MSDS/SDS sheet to determine if the material is hazardous
  • Sink disposal is prohibited
  • Use appropriate storage and disposal containers
  • Follow safety procedures specified for each lab

For additional information, visit the Health and Safety website.

Lab Specific Practices

Each discipline has health and safety procedures and practices that are specific to the materials and methods being used in those facilities. Faculty will present this information at the start of each term, reviewing policies with students. For more information, refer to these download pdf attachments for specific studios.

  1. Ceramics Studio (Tyler 128) 
  2. Drawing Studios (Tyler 214 & 215)   
  3. Foundation Design (Tyler 213)  
  4. Graphic Design (Tyler 217 & 228, Lanigan 33-36)   
  5. Maker Space HS (Tyler 206)
  6. Painting (Tyler 225)   
  7. Photography (Tyler 219)
  8. Printmaking (Tyler 200 & 201)
  9. Sculpture (Tyler 207)
  10. Tyler Art Gallery
  11. Woodshop (Tyler 205)
  12. Woodshop, Emergency (Tyler 205)