Even when using the modern solvent-free epoxies that we supply, it is still possible to become sensitised to the epoxy components. Although epoxies vary in constituents, the following is a general useful guide aimed at the amateur occasional user, which if followed, can help reduce the chances of sensitisation.
Sensitivity usually manifests itself as a type of dermatitis with red sores appearing on forearms, wrists and hands. Once a person is sensitised there is nothing that can be done about it and the rashes will appear whenever there is exposure to epoxy components, getting worse with each exposure.
There are two common ways to become sensitised:
Of the two the latter is the surest way to become sensitised.
In our own workshops we strictly follow the precautions below – and we strongly recommend that you do too. By following these precautions, nobody in our workshops has become sensitised to epoxy.
When applying epoxy:
Please contact us if you require further advice or clarification.