Here are some important safety tips when working with epoxy resin. Epoxy resin and all resin is fun to use, enjoyable to work with 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.
In order to use resin safely, you must properly protect your body from resin exposure by wearing the right kind of gloves and the proper respirator mask with organic vapor filters to protect your face and lungs.
Many resin artists are using resin without realizing the potential dangers that could arise from working with it without the right safety gear and personal protective equipment. We are here to share that info with you so you can continue to use epoxy resin and all resin safely.
Here is what you can do to protect yourself and be safe when working with epoxy resin:
For resin safety, wear a respirator. We can't stress this resin safety tip enough. When resin is mixed, it begins off-gassing and continues to off-gas during the curing process, which is typically about 72 hours time depending on the brand.
Even when the resin says it is a "non-toxic" brand, there is a chemical reaction that occurs when the resin is combined that results in fumes.
When looking for a respirator for resin safety, it must include the following:
Here is our YouTube below where we talk about resin safety and then show the difference between mica, alcohol ink and acrylic paint as resin colorants.
These are the best respirators for resin:
Eye protection is also recommended.
Proper safety disposable 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.
Since epoxy resin can cause skin irritation, never handle it with plain hands because this can cause an allergic reaction.
Gloves will also protect your hands from stains from colorants for resin.
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.
Always use resin in a well ventilated area.
Here's an article we have up on how to get resin off of hands.
To keep safely resin from spreading to different tools and risk unanticipated exposure to skin, dedicate certain tools to resin only. The best tools are silicone mixing cups and stir sticks for resin. They can be used over and over.
If you are looking for the best resin for crafts, visit this article on how to choose the best resin for your craft projects.
Resin should not be used around children. Some people are very allergic to resin and when exposed to uncured resin can get hives and swollen eyes. Keep resin away from children at all times.
And keep projects that are still curing somewhere where they can not get knocked over or played with. Resin is extremely sticky and will not come out of hair or off of skin easily.
Store resin up and away from pets at all times. This is especially important during the resin curing process because it's very sticky.
Keep projects in a separate room where your pets will not be climbing or possibly knocking over your pieces.
It's not fair to animals that get resin in their hair or eyes because of lack of safety when working with resin.
To learn more about resin safety, you can read our entire resin safety article here where we talk about each point in detail.
More helpful resources:
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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