You don’t want to hurt yourself or anyone else while you’re enjoying creative time. (A big HIGH FIVE to you. 🙌 Resin safety is something I WISH more people thought about.) And I’m doing a happy dance here because you’re investigating all your options. So it seems like a good idea to buy resin that says it’s non toxic. But what does non toxic mean?
Here are the resin nerd details
Written for those of you who take it seriously about never removing mattress labels.
Non-toxic is a term established by the Federal Hazardous Substances Act. The Consumer Product and Safety Commission defines what are toxic substances and toxic situations. A product is considered toxic if it can cause personal injury or illness to humans 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 nontoxic.
Seems pretty straightforward.
Like you should be able to feel pretty comfortable about using a resin that says it’s non toxic without injuring yourself.
Let’s get real about the non-toxic moniker.
Give me a moment while I step on my soapbox to make this speech.
Calling any resin non toxic doesn’t pass the, ‘Does this make sense?’ test.
(A test I give myself when I’m hearing something that isn’t coming together.)
❌ Does it make sense that you shouldn’t pour resin down a drain if it’s non-toxic?
❌ Does it make sense that you need to call poison control if you swallow resin if it’s non-toxic?
❌ Does it make sense that a resin kit recommends wearing gloves and needing adequate ventilation if it’s non-toxic?
Yeah. It doesn’t make sense to me, either.
Now I know what I’m thinking…
✅ There’s no way in HELL that ANY resin is non toxic.
I’m guessing you weren’t expecting a store that sells resin to say something like that. BUT, it’s my job to make sure you enjoy resin safely.
So why would a company tell you their product is non toxic if it isn’t accurate?
Well, for me, it comes down to two possibilities:
They’re following the standard above (doesn’t contain a known toxic chemical) without putting the statement through the ‘Does this make sense?’ test.
It’s called marketing.
You need to assume any resin kit you use can hurt you if it isn’t used properly.
So what can you do to protect yourself when resin crafting?
2. Work in a well-ventilated area. Airflow 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.
3. Keep food and drink away from your crafting area.
4. Make sure you understand the safety precautions for your resin kit.
5. Only use resin that has a safety data sheet (SDS) available. Sections 7 and 8 of the SDS share specific details about handling and what personal protection you should use.
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