What Safety Precautions Should I Take When Using Resin?

Posted on 12 Jul 17:04

You've heard us say that ArtResin is non-toxic and safe for home use when used as directed in a well ventilated area, but there are some common sense precautions every user should follow:

  • Wear gloves.
  • Work in a well-ventilated area.
  • Discontinue use and seek medical attention if you experience skin irritation, swelling or if epoxy resin comes into contact with your eyes.

When it comes to safety precautions, a 
Safety Data Sheet is your go-to reference no matter what product we’re talking about. The ArtResin SDS is available on our website. No matter what your safety questions are, you will find the answers in that document!

1. Wear Gloves

ArtResin in its liquid form is sticky stuff. REALLY sticky!

Your first line of defense should always be a pair of gloves
Gloves will protect the user from a sticky mess as well as possible skin irritation.  
We like to use nitrile gloves here at the studio - they are similar to latex but a lot stronger and with none of the allergenic compounds commonly associated with latex.

If you do happen to get ArtResin on your skin, promptly wash it off. You can use hand soap, but we find an exfoliant cleanser to be far more effective at cleaning sticky hands!  

We either dry wash first with an orange hand cleaner from the hardware store and then rinse ... or even better, we like to keep a small bowl of poppyseeds by the sink. Put some liquid hand soap in the palm of your hand, add a pinch of poppyseeds and rub well (no water - rub it in dry).  Then rinse with water and your hands will be clean and resin free!

⚠️ NOTE: Don't use varsol, vinegar, alcohol or acetone to clean your hands. 
These items are great at breaking down epoxy resin, but that also enables your skin to absorb it - and you don't want that! Save that stuff for cleaning your tools, but keep it well away from your bare skin when working with resin.

Dave made a great video on how to clean your hands:

( and another great video here on how to clean your resin tools! )

2.  Work in a well ventilated area. 
Wear a respirator if ventilation is poor. 

In developing ArtResin, one of our main goals was to develop a product that would not cause any health threats to the people using it. 

ArtResin is recognized by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) as meeting safety standard D-4236: Safe for Home Use. Every art material must be evaluated by the ASTM toxicologists for any potential threats, and warnings must be included on the label.  

After being evaluated, no component of ArtResin's make-up was found to be harmful, toxic, hazardous, flammable or dangerous when used as directed! 
ArtResin is a clean system, meaning everything in the formula reacts together, leaving no fumes or VOCs that can become airborne and be breathed in. 

Comparatively, most epoxy resin products on the market are classified as a hazardous material.  They are highly toxic and meant to be used in industrial applications with heavy duty respirators, protective eyewear and hazmat clothing.
They can't be shipped by air for safety reasons, and in most cases are flammable.

Our customers will not find any warning labels, skull and crossbone icons or corrosive pictograms on ArtResin's packaging. Unlike with most other resins, you will not find these alarming images on our bottles - which means our customers can relax and focus on getting creative :)

⚠️ NOTE:  ArtResin produces a very low odor which, depending on the sensitivity of the user, may be barely noticeable or not noticeable at all.  It's important to differentiate that what the user is smelling is simply that - a smell - and NOT fumes. Read our SDS for more information and you decide: feel free to use a respirator to make your user experience more comfortable.  

3. If you find yourself demonstrating a reaction to epoxy resin, discontinue use and seek prompt medical attention.

Allergic symptoms can present as skin inflammation, redness and irritation which often subsides once exposure has been interrupted. Symptoms can also include swelling and fluid-filled blisters. Regardless of when reactions occur or their severity, allergy sufferers should discontinue use of ALL epoxy resins indefinitely in order to protect themselves. Unfortunately, it is impossible to tell whether someone will have an epoxy allergy until symptoms present themselves. Typically, symptoms of epoxy resin allergy develop slowly over time.

⚠️ If ArtResin somehow comes in contact with your eyes, flush with water repeatedly for 15 minutes and do not rub. 
Wear safety glasses if it makes you feel more comfortable. For detailed health information, please see the ArtResin SDS.

So let the label be your guide:  if the resin you're using doesn't say "conforms to ASTM D-4236", then chances are it poses some serious health risks.  Please make sure you are taking appropriate safety precautions or even easier ... switch to a safe product like ArtResin :)

Check out our food safe epoxy guide!

ArtResin:  Made For Artists, By Artists.