What does non toxic mean?

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.

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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?

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Work in an area where food will not be consumed.  (This is a work area, not a cafeteria.)
  4. Make yourself familiar with the company’s information about how to use the product safely.


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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.

Rita Lee

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

Katherine Swift

I would advise you to immediately stop working with resin and speak with your physician about your symptoms.

Adam Greenwood

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!

Katherine Swift

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.

Adam Greenwood

Hello Katherine,
Thank you for your speedy reply. I’ll check that link you included.


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