Safety tips for working with resin

Working with resin to make jewelry and craft projects is fun, but precautions are necessary.  Here are one that I follow regularly when making resin jewelry in my studio.

Proper ventilation.  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 to use 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.  Generally, I am only pouring very small batches of resin and don’t worry about this, but if I was mixing up gallons of product to use on a large scale product, this would be essential.

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.  Some resins, including polyester and polyurethane, can be very dangerous.  Wear a NIOSH approved respirator and make sure it fits properly.

Wear safety goggles.  This is especially true if I’m working with a resin that I’m already wearing a respirator to work with or if I’m sanding resin where it puts lots of particles in the air.

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.

What other precautions do you take in your resin jewelry studio?

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10 Comments

Kathy

HELP!!!

I have started to work with Resin, when I take my item out of the mold the side that has been exposed to the air is sticky. Do you have any ideas what I could be doing wrong? We are adding about about 3 drops of hardener per ounce.

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Katherine

Kathy, thanks for posting your dilemma. I am moving the discussion to the forum under Troubleshooting.

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ginny

Can someone answer a question for me about safty while working with resin?

I am pouring resin over canvases under 3’x4′ a friend offered me a garage to do this. It has a furnace in it.

I live in california, cooler days are coming, I can work with the door up, but would need to close it at night.

Will the residue create a flammable situation? Should I find some other place to work?

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Katherine Swift

Colleen,

I would recommend specifically speaking with your physician about heart issues if you’re concerned.

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Vuyo

im working with resin for impreginated paper i wanted to know what appropiate PPE that we must be given.

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Ali

Hi, I have just started using epoxy resin (easy cast) and I wore nitrile gloves so my hands were protected, I washed my hands using Fairy liquid soap, should I be okay safety wise?
Also whilst I was working with the resin I had two windows open and the door of the room, how long would I have to keep the door and windows open until it’s safe to
close them again?
Thank You.
Thank You.

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Katherine Swift

Hi Ali, it sounds like you used good precautions when working with the resin. I would also suggest reviewing the SDS for the Easy Cast resin for any additional safety recommendations: http://www.eti-usa.com/sites/default/files/sds/EasyCast/MSDS-SDS%20-%20US%20(ENG)%20-%20EASYCAST%20RESIN%20-%202016-03-22%20(02).pdf http://www.eti-usa.com/sites/default/files/sds/EasyCast/MSDS-SDS%20-%20US%20(ENG)%20-%20EASYCAST%20HARDENER%20-%202016-03-22%20(02).pdf Without knowing how many air exchanges your room is experiencing, it is hard to say exactly how long you would need to keep windows and doors open again to evacuate all the fumes. I would suggest at least 1 hour. For the most thorough answer to your question, I would also suggest speaking with your physician.

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