You may have noticed that some of our resin jewelry making supplies and products have been labeled non-toxic.
What does non toxic mean?
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 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 nontoxic.
Does that mean non-toxic products are harmless?
No! You still must take proper safety precautions when working with any chemical. While nontoxic products are generally considered safer for people and the environment, you still need 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 the amount and in the situation that it is being used.
So what can you do to protect yourself?
- Protect your skin and eyes with safety gloves, safety glasses, and a protective apron.
- 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.
- Keep food out of your crafting area. (This is a work area, not a cafeteria.)
What about ASTM D-4236 standards?
A resin sold for art and crafting purposes must be reviewed for safety. Resins deemed safe for art purposes by third-party auditors conform to ASTM D-4236. This certification does not mean the resins are non-toxic. When using resin, you should review a formula’s safety data sheet so you can learn as much as you can about the product and how to protect yourself when using it.
This article on resin safety precautions will give you more help and advice on how to keep yourself safe when using resin.
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