Most of the health problems with epoxy resin are minor, but our aim and desire is that customers always use it correctly and safely.
Always read the manufacturer's instructions and the safety data sheet. These documents contain information on specific safety requirements, mixing ratios, curing times and potential hazards associated with the product.
One of the important aspects of using epoxy resin to ensure safety is ensuring adequate ventilation. Epoxy resins emit volatile organic compounds that can be harmful if inhaled for prolonged periods. To minimise exposure and risk, work in a well-ventilated area, such as a room where windows and doors can be opened. The use of a face mask is also strongly recommended.
When working with epoxy resin, it is important to protect yourself by wearing suitable personal protective equipment:
- Safety goggles or full eye protection to protect eyes from accidental splashes. In case of eye contact, flush eyes thoroughly with water for at least 15 minutes and seek medical attention if irritation persists.
- Nitrile or latex gloves to protect hands and avoid skin contact. If epoxy resin gets on the skin, wash it off immediately with soap and plenty of water.
- Long-sleeved shirt, trousers and closed shoes to cover the skin. If epoxide gets on clothing, change immediately.
- Face mask for respiratory protection. If you work in a confined and poorly ventilated space, a face mask is particularly important.
Precise mixing of the epoxy resin is essential for successful and safe use.
- Use clean, dry, disposable containers or pots to mix resin and hardener.
- Measure the resin to hardness ratio exactly as recommended in the instructions.
- Mix the ingredients thoroughly, also scraping the sides and bottom of the container or jar to ensure even mixing.
- Avoid excessive mixing, which can create excessive air bubbles in the epoxy.
Residues of epoxy resin, used containers, gloves and other disposable materials should be disposed of in accordance with local regulations and the manufacturer's recommendations. Do not pour residual epoxy resin down the sink or drain.
Personal protective equipment