Although modern epoxy resin is safer than previous products, you can still become sensitized to its components. Some resins may cause a significant primary skin irritation, and occasionally solid epoxy resins have been known to cause skin rashes. Nonetheless, new epoxy resin formulas are a lot less likely to cause adverse reactions than common liquid epoxy resins.
If your eyes come into contact with epoxy resin, you should only suffer from mild irritation. Additionally, this type of resin is not very volatile, so inhalation is unlikely. Obviously, it is still wise to take precautions through good housekeeping practices and ventilation. Finally, epoxy resins by themselves are low on the acute oral toxicity scale.
The two most common ways to become sensitized to epoxy resin is through breathing it in or coating your skin with epoxy components. To avoid such issues, you should do the following when applying epoxy:
- Wear tops with long sleeves and long trousers, along with vinyl gloves.
- Do not use solvents.
- Wear shoes and socks.
- Use hot, soapy water on any splashes as soon as possible.