Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Epoxy resin safety -- Craig Goodrum

I got the fright of my life today. Mathew managed to climb on our dining room table where the SLC60 glass bottle was that was won this weekend at the NATAL Champs. The bottle was glass and he broke it, placed his hand in the hardener then on his mouth.
We still are not sure how much went inside but the stuff is pure poison and the reaction with his lip has caused it to swell and the skin to peel off.

A few things are important to note:

- Keep your resin's far away from the reach of the kids
- if someone does get the resin in them then the typical solution is NOT to induce vommiting but rather drink lots of water or milk (this is for epoxy hardeners) but always get an MSDS (material safety data sheet) for these things as the guidelines are in there. Get to the hospital as soon as possible!
- Flush surface skin contact with water for 15 minutes.
- Don't store resin in glass containers if possible - more easily broken.
- Love life while you can - you don't know what lies in waiting around the next corner.

I advise you all to read the MSDS for whatever resins you are using so that you know what to do in case of emergency and also have them handy wherever you work.

Wishing you all well


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