The definition of non-toxic
You may have noticed that some of our resin jewelry making supplies and products have been labeled non toxic. Do you know what that means?
Non toxic is a term established by the Federal Hazardous Substances Act. This act, which is enforced by the Consumer Product and Safety commission, defines what are toxic substances and toxic situations. A product is considered to be toxic if it can cause personal injury or illness to humans when if it is inhaled, swallowed, or absorbed through the skin. Products are also considered toxic if they can cause long term or chronic problems such as cancer or birth defects. If a product does not contain a known toxic chemical, it can be labeled as non toxic.
Does that mean non toxic products are harmless? No! You still must take proper safety precautions when working with any chemical. While non toxic products are generally considered safer for people and the environment, you must still follow the manufacturer’s recommendations on safety and personal protection. Manufacturers of these chemicals must provide a safety data sheet (SDS) which details many things, including the ingredient(s) contained in the product and what to do in case of exposure.
It is important to know that at some level, every substance is toxic. Even water! When considering the toxicity of a product, it is important to look at the product along with amount and in the situation that it is being used.
So what can you do to protect yourself?
- Protect places on your body that can be exposed to the chemical, such as skin and eyes. For example, wear gloves, goggles and a protective apron.
- Work in a well ventilated area. Air flow through a room will help to remove possible toxins. Depending on the chemical, you may also need to work within the confines of a ventilated hood or wear a respirator.
- Work in an area where food will not be consumed. (This is a work area, not a cafeteria.)
- Make yourself familiar with the company’s information about how to use the product safely.