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Resin Mask and Resin Gloves for Safety



Working with epoxy resin is fun and exciting, and there are so many things you can make with it.

It's important to know about safety precautions when it comes to resin, and what you need to do/wear to continue to safely enjoy working with epoxy resin.

I will tell you right now, this is a topic that is not talked about enough by the resin brands and experts, but is so important to know before getting into the craft.

There are many different epoxy resin-related projects you can take on, and these include:

    Resin Pours


      We are going to talk about some basic epoxy safety questions, then go into the gear you might want to consider before starting into or continuing in the world of epoxy resin.

      Here is what we will cover below:

      • RESIN SAFETY TIPS - Discussion:
      • What epoxy safety equipment is ACTUALLY needed
      • When should you purchase your safety gear

      • Is epoxy resin toxic?
      • Are there resins that are not toxic?

      • EPOXY SAFETY Gear and Processes to Consider:
      • 1 - Resin respirator (why full face is the best, what your respirator need to have in order to protect you from resin fumes, which is the best one, why do you need a respirator with resin, what is resin sensitization)
      • 2 - Nitrile gloves (why nitrile, why latex won't work)
      • 3 - Wear protective clothing
      • 4 - Clean resin spills immediately
      • 5 - Don't use solvents
      • 6 - Remove resin from skin safely

      You don't need to be a full time resin artist to get your safety precautions in check, and it doesn't matter which epoxy resins you decide to use.

      Whether you are working with polyester resin, sanding epoxy (and need protection from epoxy dust), cured epoxy, uv resin or any mixed epoxy products, these are all of the safety precautions you will want to consider.

      What Resin Safety Equipment Is Actually Needed?

      When it comes to epoxy safety equipment, you may be wondering, do I need a respirator when working with epoxy resin? Am I wearing the right gloves for resin? Am I properly protected from resin fumes and spills? Do I need all of this resin safety equipment if I am only making small resin projects like resin jewelry?


      Resin Jewelry Pieces


      When To Purchase Epoxy Resin Safety Gear

      The sooner you get the proper safety equipment for working with resin, the better. Why? Because of the risk of sensitization, which is an over-exposure to resin over time. The sooner you get the right safety equipment on, the better. So if you are just beginning with resin and are purchasing your beginner resin supplies, make sure to include your protective equipment.

      We will go in depth into sensitization with epoxy resin more below.

      Let's get into it.


      Resin Safety 101

      Here is everything you need to know to protect yourself when working closely with resin.

      To work safely with resin, the two necessary items that you need to wear for resin safety precautions are a proper respirator for resin (a resin mask) and the right gloves for epoxy, which are made from nitrile.

      There are many resin-safe tips in this article to protect you further as a resin artist, but we also suggest reading the safety data sheet (SDS) for the specific brand of epoxy you are working with as well.


      Resin Face Mask And Gloves


      There are more epoxy safety items and personal protective equipment (PPE) to consider for epoxy work, but those are the top two. Read further to learn which respirator and gloves protect you properly when working with resin.


      When using any kind of resin, there are many different parts of the body that should be protected from resin:

      • The lungs and respiratory system need protection from resin fumes during resin pouring, mixing and curing (or risk respiratory irritation)
      • The eyes need safe protection from resin fumes and accidental interaction
      • Other parts of the body that are exposed to resin such as fingers and hands need to be protected and safe when working with epoxy


      Reading resin safety sheet

        Is Resin Toxic?

        Epoxy resin is a chemical that you need to be safe around. It needs to be treated like any other chemical you may work closely with.

        You don't want to be breathing resin fumes in or getting it on your skin for one thing, but if you are properly protected with the right gear and keep your resin tools designated for resin use only (ie: resin cups, protective gloves, trash can), you will have nothing to worry about.

        These epoxy safety precautions tips are all that you need to be ready to work with resin safely.


        Non Toxic Resin

        It is also important to know that there are many epoxy resin brands out there that claim to be non toxic.

        It is important to know that these claims can be made for the epoxy resins and hardeners on their own (separately, pre-mixed), but once combined in their proper mixing ratio, there is a chemical reaction that occurs which releases fumes that you will need to protect yourself from with a proper mask, and with proper gloves for protection against skin irritation.

        In saying this, we are simply saying that you should use a resin mask with any epoxy work, but we would also like to mention that ArtResin is a "non-toxic" resin that we love working with for non-deep pours and we recommend trying it.

        Art resin

        Yes, many people will argue this point. It seems to be a hot topic! When it comes down to it though, what is the harm in protecting yourself? We say, err on the side of caution if you are not sure, then all your bases are covered.

        Check price of ArtResin here


          Resin Safety Equipment

          Here is exactly what you need to be safe while getting creative.


          1. A Resin Mask (A Respirator For Resin)

          Check price of proper respirator for resin here

          When working with epoxy resin, whether it is a large project such as a resin countertop or floor, or a smaller project like a resin tumbler, or sanding and you are exposed to epoxy dust. You are always going to want to wear a resin mask.

          Some respirators will protect you from resin fumes and some will not, and it can be hard to decipher which ones are appropriate for the chemical, the off-gassing and the mixed chemicals you are using.

          So we are going to share what you need to look for in a respirator for epoxy safety.

          Read about the Best Respirator For Resin here


          Respirator For Resin Crafts


          Full Face Resin Respirators

          Full-face resin respirators give the absolute best face and lung protection out there when you are working with different epoxy resins.

          No need to wear safety glasses when you have full face protection.

          FACT: Full face resin masks are best for resin protection.

          Why? Full face resin masks not only protect your lungs and respiratory tract, but your eyes as well. Eye protection is an important point to consider with any chemical.

          It is important to also note that you should always work in a well ventilated area whether you have a mask on or not, so you don't have fumes travelling through your home through air vents.



          Resin Mask



          What does your respirator have to have in order to protect you from resin fumes?

          The proper resin mask needs to:

          • Properly seal around your face
          • Feel as comfortable as it can so you are not adjusting and letting air in, or taking it off and putting it back on constantly
          • Have an organic vapor cartridge to filter out harmful resin fumes. This is extremely important: don't even look at a respirator if it doesn't have an organic vapor cartridge
          • Protect you from resin fumes by having an N95 or N95 equivalent rating, which means that it will block at least 95% of small particles; around the size of at least 0.3 microns.

          The best respirators for resin are the ones we personally have used for years and have done a lot of research on.


          The Resin Mask or Resin Respirator We Use

          The resin mask we suggest using (there are different ones to choose from) have:

          • An N95 equivalent rating
          • Organic filters
          • Flex-fit head harness, which means it stays in position once you adjust it to your head and is as comfortable as it gets
          • Adjustable straps that tighten with one pull. No messing around here
          • Money back guarantee and a 1-year warranty when purchased directly from them
          • Options for half face respirators, full face respirators and respirators to fit over glasses

          Read our respirator mask article here to learn more details on our recommendation:


          Woman wearing a resin mask


          Listed below are the best respirators that will properly protect you from resin fumes.

          These are direct purchase links from the company, and are the proper links to get your warranty through:

          Full Face Respirator PD 100

          Half Face Respirator T60

          *These resin masks are also good for sanding resin and other fully cured epoxy work.


          Why do you need a respirator when working with resin?

          You need to wear a resin mask or respirator for resin because there is a risk of sensitization through over-exposure to resin. Some people get reactions because of this, and some don't. A proper mask will protect your lungs and respiratory tract.


          Resin Mask For Safety


          When you do experience this sensitization to resin, it can often present in the form of red bumps, itching, scaly skin, breathing issues such as shortness of breath... etc.

          It is important to wear epoxy protection so as not to become sensitized through resin exposure.


          What is resin sensitization?

          When talking about reactions, chemical sensitization is what happens when you have exposure to a product or chemical that over time, can induce an allergic-like reaction.

          This "allergy" can develop immediately, or over a period of time after use. This allergic reaction typically develops on the areas of highest exposure, such as arms, hands, and fingers in the form of dermatitis, but other reactions can occur as well.

          Wearing the proper safety equipment will prevent resin sensitization.


          2. Disposable NITRILE Gloves

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          Skin protection is a big factor when it comes to protective gear for resin work. And the area of highest exposure on your skin when mixing and pouring resin is your hands and fingers. Keep in mind that the hands are also the most transmissible part of the body.

          You absolutely NEED to wear gloves for resin work that will actually protect you - this means wear gloves made from the right material. This is one of the easiest safety precautions you can take for resin protection whether you are working with clear epoxy resin or are adding colorants with mica or acrylic paint. It is not about protecting from color, but rather chemicals.

          To avoid getting resin on your hands and likely elsewhere, you absolutely need to have disposable gloves on, and they must be nitrile. Latex gloves are not made wo work with chemical compounds such as resin.


          Resin Safety


          When you are mixing resin or pouring resin, if you do get resin on your skin accidentally, don't go running for vinegar or spirits. This may further your skin irritation.

          Instead, read about how to get resin off of hands naturally so you don't end up reacting to it or spreading it to other parts of the body or to things like door knobs where others may touch.

          Wearing disposable gloves made from nitrile is one of the simplest safety tips as they are really easy to purchase and have them come right to your door, and they are very cost-effective.

          Almost every brand of epoxy resin has gloves on their product safety data sheet as protective gear to wear, but do not specify which gloves work with their product, and which ones do not.

          Shop for the options in proper gloves to wear with resin

          See the exact gloves we use with resin


          3. Wear Protective Clothing

          Have resin-designated clothing that you wear when you are going to work with resin. An old shirt that covers your arms and pants and socks or shoes. Make these your resin-only clothes and don't throw them in the washing machine.

          You can even layer up and have something on underneath as resin can go through clothes and make contact with skin when you get those resin drips.


          Resin Arm Protection


          Resin-designated clothing will also help if you are sanding resin.

          You absolutely do not want to have those dry, floating resin particles lingering around you house. Keep them on your designated clothes and leave them in your resin work space, epoxy tent or the well ventilated space where you do your resin work in.


          4. Clean Resin Spills Immediately

          If you drop resin on your surface or floor, you are going to want to clean it before it cures. Use a resin-designated cloth, and do not use solvents on it.

          Simply clean the resin spill as much as you can so you don't accidently step on it and carry it around with you leaving resin spots where you go. They will be nearly impossible to clean if you find them after they cure.

          To be extra prepared, you can cover your floor surface with something to catch spills with if you want to protect your floor.

          Lay down a cheap roll of floor vinyl - you can usually find this discounted in your local hardware store as extra or discarded floor vinyl. Otherwise, you can use a drop cloth, just make sure it isn't slippery.

          Here are some non-slip drop cloths you can use or have on hand for your floors when working with resin.


          5. Don't Use Solvents To Clean Resin

          If you accidently get a drop of resin on your table, furniture or elsewhere, do not use alcohol, wipes, vinegar or solvents. Instead, try using baking soda mixed with dish soap if it does not come right off, and be sure to try a test spot first.


          6. Remove Resin From Skin Safely

          Read How To Remove Resin From Hands

          If you accidently drip resin onto your skin, again, do not use any solvents to try to get it off. This may create irritation on your skin. There are natural scrubs you can make that won't irritate your bare skin, and it is best to do this right away while the resin is still somewhat wet.


          How TO Get Resin Off OF Skin


          One way to get resin off of your skin safely, is with a baking soda scrub.

          • Pour 1 tbsp. baking soda directly onto your hand
          • Pour 1 tbsp. of dish detergent (in liquid form) onto your other hand
          • Scrub your hands together over a sink and rinse with warm water
          • Repeat several times until it is off of your hands


          7. Wear Safety Goggles

          If you are opting to wear a resin mask that is not a full face mask, you should definitely wear safety goggles.

          The eyes are such a delicate part of the body that could be affected by resin fumes or accidental transfer of epoxy from your gloved hands. So if you are not going for full face resin mask coverage, please consider protective eyewear such as safety goggles.

          We hope you found this epoxy safety article helpful. And please remember, if you ever have severe medical reactions to epoxy resins or any chemical, seek medical attention.

          Please share this safety article on your social media pages and in forums. You can help spread the word about protecting yourself from resin exposure, as it is not often talked about, especially with beginner resin artists.


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          No matter what type of resin you decide to use, always use personal protective equipment (PPE). Take time to carefully go over safety data sheets before making anything with resin, and make sure you have the proper gloves on (not latex) and the right respirator for resin protection.

          Here are the exact gloves we always use

          This is the respirator we use and recommend for resin work

          Read more about safe resin work here

          And please remember, even if your epoxy resin of choice is "VOC-free, odor free" and/or "non toxic", please always wear the proper respirator for epoxy resin.

          Here is the BEST respirator mask for epoxy resin: this Full Face Organic Vapor Respirator checks off all of the boxes for epoxy safety, and comes with

          • free 30 day returns
          • a 1 year factory warranty
          • free US shipping and free shipping on international orders

          Here it is:

          best respirator for resin


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