Epoxy Resin Safety First
Epoxy resin is a wondrous material that may be used for so many tasks - from art and craft projects - to DIY "honey do" list items around the house like home repairs and maintenance. However, as when using many other tools and materials, instructions should be followed and safeguards put in place - like the following:
1. Wear gloves!
Always wear gloves when working with epoxy. It is the best way from protecting your skin from possible irritation. Working with epoxy and resin can also be a sticky mess, so it makes for an easier cleanup!
You can use either latex or nitrile gloves. We prefer to use nitrile gloves here at our shop, they are a lot stronger than latex and do not come with the risk of an allergic reaction.
If you do get some epoxy on your skin, immediately wash your hands with soap and water. If you find the epoxy is still sticky on your skin, you can use an exfoliating hand cleanser to remove it. Do not try to cleanse your hands with any harsh substances like bleach, alcohol, or acetone. These are too rough for your skin, and they will not react well with the epoxy resin.
2. Work with the epoxy resin in a well-ventilated area.
You might notice a slight odor when working with epoxy resin. This odor is just a smell - not fumes from the product (which is VOC Free). If you are sensitive to the smell, wearing a respirator will help.
3. Avoid contact with your eyes!
Wear eye protection when working with epoxy resin. If the epoxy resin comes in contact with your eyes, do not rub your eyes and flush with water for 15 minutes repeatedly. Seek medical attention immediately!
Working with epoxy resin both enhances creativity for artisans and crafters and helps DIY "taskers" get thinsg done!