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General Procedures



for Art Materials and Hazardous Substances

  • Keep products out of reach of children!

  • Please be careful when handling binders and pigments.

  • Do not eat, drink or smoke at work. Painting materials and food do not belong onto the same table and not into the same refrigerator. You should neither put a brush in your mouth, nor touch the canvas with greasy fingers.

  • The exposure to large quantities of solvent can cause nausea, headache, and drowsiness. Solvents should not be used in living rooms.

  • Never use products for skin painting, food preparation or other uses they were not intended for.

  • Keep your work area and utensils clean. Wet mop to pick up dust.

  • Keep your work area well ventilated. Wear a NIOSH approved dust mask while handling pigments. Particular caution is necessary when using needle-like, fibrous or toxic pigments. Dust formation should be avoided, even with non-toxic pigments.

  • Wash up after use – clean yourself.

  • Read the label! When transferring art materials to other containers, transfer the original label onto the jar.

Hazard identification and safety advice on the product labels are abbreviated. Detailed information, tips on safety, handling and storage for each product can be found in the info sheets and material safety data sheets in our shop.

Handling and Warning Notices:

  • Spontaneous Combustion of Linseed oil and other Drying Oils
    Drying oils dry by reaction with oxygen. If you absorb linseed oil with a cloth or paper, the surface is enlarged greatly. This will speed up the drying process, which leads to a heat build-up and at the worst to spontaneous combustion. Therefore it is important to spread the cloth or paper soaked with linseed oil and let it dry in a safe place prior to disposal.

  • Kremer Pigments for Soaps and Cosmetics?
    Our pigments, colorants and binders are intended for conservators, artists and craftsmen. Kremer Pigmente does not supply products for cosmetic use. We do not handle the products according to cosmetic standards and regulations, and some products can cause allergies when applied on human skin.

  • Can Kremer Pigmente Linseed Oil and Walnut Oil be eaten?
    Products sold by Kremer Pigments are supposed to be used for conservation, art and other crafts. Oils bought from Kremer Pigments are not suitable for human consumption, not even natural linseed oil or walnut oil!

  • Pets and Paints
    Some pets just cannot resist to eat egg tempera or other paints. Please try to keep your cat or dog away from paints and pigments. Even if the paint is non toxic for humans, some substances may be harmful, especially for cats.

  • Storing Pigments
    Provided that pigments are kept dry and in a closed container they have no expiration date. If pigments become wet, they may agglomerate and will have to be ground before use. Most of our pigments are supplied in 100 g or 1 kg plastic bags. We offer PVC jars, glass bottles, polyethylene and metal buckets for storage containers.