Here are a few thoughts and links: Oil painters especially - Wear surgical gloves. Avoid coming in contact with paint and turps. Ventilate your workspace using exhaust fans with motors which are sealed to prevent explosions. Wash hands prior to eating or drinking. • Pastel painters wear respirator. Use a vacuum system to capture loose powders. • Airbrush painters, Spray Painters - use a respirator. Coating your lungs with Acrylic and or oil mediums will turn them to stone! Remain flexible in your endeavors. Avoid the age old practice of pointing fine brushes with your mouth.