You’re thinking about making art, jewelry, and crafts with resin. Then you read some articles about resin safety, and you start wondering, can epoxy resin make you sick? There is a lot of scary information out there that can make you hesitant to create with resin.
Here’s what you need to know.
Resin kits are chemicals and, like all chemicals, should be used with care only after reading and understanding instructions and the safety precautions you need to take. While it’s tempting to use resin crafting kits without absorbing all that information first (like let’s get to the fun!), it’s crucial to understand how to use resin safely so that you can have creative fun with it for a very long time.
I have crafted with resin for more than fourteen years, and this is what I teach my students who are asking, can epoxy resin make you sick?
Wear protective gear
Ensure good ventilation
Weather permitting, I like to have a couple of windows open in my resin crafting room to get good cross-ventilation. If that’s not possible, I have a desktop fan set so it blows fresh air towards my face. A ceiling fan set to a low speed is also helpful for moving air within your room.
Use a safe resin
You might think that if a resin is available to buy, it’s safe for you to use. Not so! Unfortunately, some companies are selling resin kits that do not meet federal safety standards. How do you know if your resin is safe? You need to see on the resin kit label that it CONFORMS TO ASTM D-4236. Not only do resin kits without this designation violate the law, but you don’t know whether or not they are safe to use.
The good news is that not only do all Resin Obsession resins have the CONFORMS TO ASTM D-4236 certification, but they have undergone independent, board-certified toxicologist review and are deemed safe for creative use in any location. We also share safety data sheets for every formula that explicitly detail the safety precautions necessary when using a particular resin kit.
If you are still wondering if epoxy resin can make you sick, here’s the advice I follow every time I create with resin.
You can never be too safe. I mean that going above and beyond basic safety standards is never the wrong thing to do. When I’m working with large resin volumes, I wear a plastic apron and fumes respirator in addition to taking basic resin safety precautions.
Here’s a studio tour where I recently explained how I get good room ventilation when creating with resin.
Lastly, if you have any concerns about whether the resin is creating problems for you, STOP IMMEDIATELY. Speak with a health care provider about your concerns. Your health and well-being are everything!
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