RESIN SAFETY | 7 BEST, Quick Resin Safety Tips
Working with resin is fun, enjoyable and is a great hobby. Resin safety should be the top priority of any resin artist though, and here are your quick resin safety tips for keeping yourself and your family safe when working with resin.
Resin safety means various parts of the body from resin exposure. Resin safety protection involves resin protection for the eyes, the lungs and the skin.
Here is what you can do to protect yourself and be safe when working with resin:
1. WEAR A RESPIRATOR FOR RESIN FUME SAFETY
For resin safety, wear a respirator. When looking for a respirator for resin safety, it must include the following:
- The respirator for resin must be N95 or N95 equivalent
- The respirator for resin must have organic filters
- The respirator for resin should be adjustable and fit properly
- The respirator for resin can be a half face respirator, covering only the mouth and nose to protect the lungs, or a full face respirator to also protect the eyes
- If wearing glasses, find a respirator for resin that is made to fit properly over glasses.
You can read more about the proper respirator for resin safety here.
This is the resin respirator we use:
Check price of proper half face respirator for resin here
Check price of proper full face respirator for resin here (this is the exact one we are wearing in the video from Pinterest above)
Check price of proper respirator for resin to wear with glasses here
2. WEAR PROPER SAFETY GLOVES
Proper safety gloves to wear when working with resin are nitrile or vinyl. Latex gloves are meant for medical practice and protect hands from viruses and bacteria, and are not made for chemical interactions.
3. HAVE GOOD VENTILATION IN YOUR ROOM FOR RESIN SAFETY
Many resin artists work with resin outside for safety. If you are working with resin indoors, you need to make sure there is proper air flow where there is fresh air coming out, and the old air going outside.
4. CONTINUE TO SAFELY VENTILATE AIR WHILE RESIN CURES
Each resin brand will have a different off gassing time and cure time.
- Typically, full resin cure time is around 72 hours
- During resin curing time, there is still resin in the air and to maintain resin safety, you will want to continue to safely ventilate the air until the resin piece or pieces are fully cured.
5. DON'T MIX RESIN WITH OTHER CHEMICALS IF IT GETS ON YOUR SKIN
In the case where some resin accidently gets on your skin, do not try getting it off with alcohol, paint thinner or any other chemicals. Instead, try this safe, natural recipe to get resin safely off of skin:
- Pour about 1 tbsp. baking soda right into your hand
- Don't add any water
- Pour about 1 tbsp. of dish soap onto the baking soda
- Scrub your hands together over a sink
- Rinse your hands. Repeat if necessary
6. USE RESIN-ONLY DESIGNATED TOOLS
To keep safely resin from spreading to different tools and risk unanticipated exposure to skin, dedicate certain tools to resin only.
7. FOLLOW THE MIXING INSTRUCTIONS ON YOUR RESIN CONTAINER
- Different brands and types of resin will tell you how much resin to mix and at what ratio.
- If you need to mix more resin than the brand suggests, then do it in batches. Mixing too much resin at a time could result in chemical reactions and the resin could heat up too much.
To learn more about resin safety, you can read our entire resin safety article here where we talk about each point in detail.
Here is a Pin for your resin Pinterest board, be sure to save it to remember these resin safety tips.
We hope you learned a lot about resin safety and that you continue to create your beautiful resin pieces in a safe way.
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