Note: Always read the specific MSDS datasheet on the products you are using, as the precautions and effects of exposure can vary!
1. Skin Contact – General
For the majority of people contact with cured epoxy dust is a minor irritant usually inducing slight itching and in a few cases a minor rash. Exposure to uncured epoxy in liquid or paste form is more hazardous. Prolonged exposure can lead to Dermatitis (less than 10% of people). If the effects become more serious such as Allergic Dermatitis (less than 2% of people), then stop and consult your GP.
Use suitable barrier creams or rubber gloves & wash off any dust regularly with cold water so that skin pores do not open. Wear overalls, sealing with masking tape at the wrists & ankles.
2. Respiratory Protection
Wear suitable fine dust particulate filtered masks. Exposure by inhaling vapours from laminating resins & paste adhesives is unlikely, because epoxy products evaporate slowly. However, the risk increases with inadequate ventilation or when the product is heated.
Exposure by inhaling very fine cured sanding, machining or trimming dust should be avoided by wearing suitable respiratory protection at all times. Be particularly careful of partially cured opr ‘green’ laminates, allowing to fully cure first.
People rarely ingest epoxy, but it can happen when resin, hardener or mixed epoxy contaminates food, beverages or eating surfaces.
3. Eye Protection
Always wear suitable eye protection when drilling, grinding or machining laminates. If any dust or splinters enter the eye then flush out immediately with cold water or eyewash, and seek medical attention.
Also wear eye protection when laminating, as liquid epoxy is an irritant and splashes or spills could enter the eye. If liquid epoxy comes in contact with the eye flush out immediately with eyewash and seek medical attention.
4. Ear Protection
When using air or electric tools that generate noise above the specified safe limits approved, ear defenders must be worn.
Carbon fibre splinters very easily, particularly on non-moulded or cut edges and holes. Remove all traces of the splinter with a sharp sterilised knife and tweezers. To prevent the occurrence try to wear Aramid or Kevlar gloves when handling raw or trimmed parts.
Please also be aware of the correct environmental disposure of polymers. In general polymers should always be fully cured before disposure. For further information please consult:
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