Working with resin is fun, but precautions are necessary. Here are resin safety guidelines you should follow anytime you are working with resin.
Make sure there is fresh air entering a room when working with resin. Open a window or use a fan if necessary.
Wear disposable gloves
I prefer nitrile gloves since they are less likely to react with the resin. If you have super sensitive skin, you might consider coating your hands with a barrier cream first.
Wear protective clothing
Resin can soak through clothing and irritate your skin. Resin drips will also not come out of clothing.
Designate items as resin only
Silicone baking molds can make great resin molds too, but once used for resin, they should not be used for food again. The same goes for mixing containers and utensils.
Wear a respirator
Resin safety applies to resins besides epoxy, including polyester and polyurethane. Wear a NIOSH approved respirator for fumes and make sure it fits properly.
Note: A product safety data sheet (SDS) will detail whether or not you should wear a respirator when using the resin. However, if you feel safer wearing one even if the SDS does not suggest it, then do it. You can never be too safe!
Wear safety goggles
If a resin requires respirator use, you need to wear safety glasses as well. You should also wear these if you are sanding the resin or using power tools.
Clean up spills immediately
While it’s inconvenient to stop in the middle of a project to clean up a resin spill, it’s better than getting some on yourself later or having an unknowing person get it on him or herself.
When sanding resin, wear a particle mask or respirator
For light sanding, a particle mask is probably sufficient, but if you’re using a belt sander, grinder or buffing wheel, a respirator may be more appropriate since the resin will be more aerosolized.
Exercise care with solvents
If cleaning up a resin spill on the skin, don’t use a ketone or chlorinated based product. This will only put the resin deeper into your skin. Use only soap and water.
Want to know more about resin safety? Here are more epoxy resin safety precautions.
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