Health and Safety


Additional Health Labeling: California Proposition 65

Paint Storage Tips

Poison Control

California Shipping Restrictions on Gallon Size Solvents and Paint Thinners



Health Labeling: California Proposition 65





The State of Californa requires clear and reasonable warnings on products and/or storage containers containing chemicals that have been shown to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm. Even if these products contain only trace levels of harmful chemicals, a warning is required by the State of California.


Manufacturers of certain products have included warnings pursuant to California Proposition 65, and caution is recommended when using products marked with the Prop 65 icon.

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Paint Storage Tips

Paint products can become contaminated with bacteria or mold, which may lead to an odor that is strong, offensive, and in some cases, sickening. In addition, paints such as poster paints and tempera paints that are intended for classroom use and for use by children often contain an organic binder that is subject to degradation if not stored properly or used within a reasonable period of time.


To guard against bacteria and mold, manufacturers of paint products add preservatives to these products. Diluting the product will decrease the effectiveness of the preservatives. To maximize the shelf life of paints, follow these storage tips:


• Store the product in its original container in a cool, dry place and prevent it from freezing.

• Date and rotate your inventory, always using the oldest products first.

• Thoroughly shake the product before using.

• Remove only enough paint for immediate use. Never return unused portions of paint to the original container.

• Never dilute the product. The addition of water dilutes the preservative's strength as well as the strength of the paint. If you are diluting paint to simulate watercolor techniques, prepare only enough paint for immediate use.

• Avoid working directly from the original product container. Do not place brushes, hands, or other objects in the container.

• After each use, make sure the cap is on tightly and that the product is securely sealed before storing.


All paints are subject to eventual spoilage after they are opened and exposed to air and other contaminants. Most spoilage is a result of cross-contamination from common sources such as air, water, contact with humans, brushes, and other tools. Proper storage and usage will reduce potential sources of contamination and extend the life of your paint products.

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Poison Control

If you have a poisoning emergency, call 1-800-222-1222.


If the user has collapsed or is not breathing, call 911.


By dialing the above toll-free telephone number, you will be connected to the closest poison control center to your calling location. All poison control centers and emergency room physicians in the U.S. have 24-hour access to toxicological information and generic formulas for products certified by The Art & Creative Materials Institute, Inc. on behalf of its members, including Blick Art Materials.


For additional poison control information, contact:


American Association of Poison Control Centers

3201 New Mexico Ave.

Suite 330

Washington, DC 20016

Telephone: (202) 362-7217

Email: info@aapcc.org

Website: www.aapcc.org

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California Shipping Restrictions on Gallon Size Solvents and Paint Thinners

Due to a California state law that places limits on the shipping of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), Blick Art Materials cannot ship gallon (3.78 liter) containers of paint thinners or multi-purpose solvents to addresses within the state of California. However, smaller containers may be shipped.

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