Labeling of Hazardous Art Materials Act (LHAMA)

The labeling of Hazardous Art Materials Act (LHAMA), enacted on November 18, 1990, regulates art materials that are distributed in the US. The law requires that any art material intended for use in households, schools, or by children, be reviewed by a Board-Certified Toxicologist to determine if it has the potential to produce chronic, long-term health hazards.
LHAMA is currently within the standards below:

  • Federal Hazardous Substances Act (P.L. 86-613)

  • 16 CFR Part 1500 – Hazardous Substances and Articles

  • ASTM D-4236-94. (2011 Updated)


LHAMA Scope:

Materials including, but not limited to:

  • Paints

  • Crayons

  • Glues

  • Colored Pencils

  • Adhesives

  • Putties

If adhesives, glues, putties sold separately (not part of a kit), intended for general repair or construction uses are not subject to LHAMA; however, if they are intended for art, craft, or construction uses, they would fall under the LHAMA requirement.