From piecing back broken China to creating miniature building models, epoxy resin is a very helpful substance to have. This adhesive liquid is usually sold as two components (a resin and a hardener) that you mix together only when you need it. Given that epoxy resin is a hazardous chemical that can affect your skin and respiratory system, you should always practice caution when utilising this adhesive.
Wear Protective Clothing
Just like working with other hazardous chemicals, you should always wear protective clothing while dealing with epoxy glue or other forms of this resin. When using this substance to glue small items such as glass or wooden models, you should wear suitable gloves such as those made of rubber. It is also a good idea to wear a mask, glasses, or goggles to protect your respiratory tract and eyes, especially if you work with epoxy resin for a long stretch of time. When mixing large batches of epoxy resin, cover your arms and face to avoid any epoxy splashing on you. Also, if you are sanding hardened epoxy, wear a suitable mask since epoxy dust is toxic.
Consider Workplace Conditions
Whether you deal with a tiny amount of clear epoxy resin at home or with large batches at work, always ensure that your work area is well-ventilated. Open windows and doors to let the epoxy fumes out while you work, or have a good ventilation system installed. Make sure the tools you use stay in your workplace, and do not use them for other purposes. Store the tools in a secure area after using them and, when wearing gloves contaminated with epoxy, do not touch door handles or your friends. If using epoxy casting resin, keep the kit in a secure place and make sure nobody accidentally touches or ingests the resin.
Take Care of Personal Hygiene
Personal hygiene is extremely important before and after you use this DIY material. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after working so you do not contaminate your food and home with epoxy. Do not use ketone-based solvents or other tough cleaning liquid as they can further irritate your skin. Additionally, keep your nails short and avoid wearing jewellery or accessories to prevent epoxy from sticking underneath them. To reduce skin irritation from exposure to epoxy resin, apply hand cream or moisturising cream on your hands and arms regularly.
Storing and Transporting Epoxy Resin
Always store and transport your epoxy resin kit in its original container to prevent contamination and spilling of the resin. To transport already opened resin kits, seal the packaging properly first. Be sure to pay attention to the warning labels and instruction on how to store and handle your epoxy glue or resin. At home, keep it away from children and ensure that it is always sealed.