What does non toxic mean? – Definition of non toxic

what does non toxic meanYou 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?

  1. Protect your skin and eyes with safety gloves, safety glasses, and a protective apron.
  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 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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6 thoughts on “What does non toxic mean? – Definition of non toxic

  1. 3.The MSDS tells you what the substance looks like (so you can make sure you have the right stuff) and also what picrauteons you should take to keep it from exploding, poisoning you or sucking your eyeballs out of your head.

  2. Has anyone else had an allergic reaction? I was working with Amazing resin and had no allergies/ When I switched to Envirotex, which I thought sounded too industrial to be for jewelry, I got itching all over my hands, and face and swollen eyes. If you got an allergy? Which brand was it and how did you recover? email me at ritaleevision@yahoo.com

  3. hi everyone!
    I’m currently making Christmas ornaments using Smooth-cast 300 resin and coating it in Duraclear Matte to sell at craft fairs. I’m trying to figure out how to label them in regards to human safety. I’m told the resin is chemically inert when cured and the Duroclear is labelled as non-toxic. What designation can I give the ornaments would you say? They’re not food-safe, ie plastic spoons or straws but they’re not immediately toxic either. It would only be through prolonged exposure or ingestion that harm might occur. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

    1. Unfortunately, we cannot offer advice in this situation. My best suggestion would be to go to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (cpsc.gov) for their guidance on labeling.

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