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Product Safety

  1. How safe are Polyester Resins & Gelcoats to use?
    In general, if you follow the guidelines of use for the materials, Polyester Resins are generally very safe to use. However like all chemicals, including household ones like bleach, due care should be taken during use to prevent accident. Here are a few guidelines, though you should satisfy yourself by reading the appropriate Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) attached to each product online.NEVER SMOKE while using Polyester Resins - They are flammable products which will ignite easily!NEVER EAT while using Polyester Resins - There is a hazard of ingestion by accident!NEVER ALLOW BODY CONTACT - Use proper safety equipment! Gloves to protect your hands, Goggles to protect eyes and a Vapour Mask to prevent fume inhalation!STORAGE - Store all products ideally under 20°C and out of direct light and away from sources of ignition. It is important to store resin or gel away from the catalyst explained below!CATALYST HANDLING - Again store as cool as possible and away from ignition. MEKP is an Organic Peroxide and has one strange and rather unique behaviour if it burns; It is an oxidiser and will create oxygen during burning making a fire burn more intensely and hotter and make extinguishing it a harder job!This advice is intended to inform you of general hazards associated with the product. It is not designed to enable you to skip reading the Material Safety Datasheet!!!
  2. How safe are Urethane Fast Casts and Foams to use?
    Generally speaking and with the correct handling perfectly safe like Polyesters. However they do emit fumes during handling and cure that are relatively odourless and this is where the hazard lies. Where you can smell Styrene you cannot easily detect odours from Isocyanate Groups! They will not irritate your eyes and lungs in the same way! Isocyanates can trigger breathing difficulties, asthma sufferers should seek medical advice.Please read the section on Polyester Resins & Gelcoats, the same basic steps apply when using Urethanes.However in addition we would recommend use in good ventilation and if at all possible use fume extraction and/or an active carbon filter mask to filter out the odourless fumes. Fumes that you can smell already indicate you are above the safe OEL (Operational Exposure Limit) in place on the product. That's to say you are inhaling way too much!!! You should ensure if you are reliant upon a filter mask, that the mask is in date and effective and there is a good seal around your face.This advice is intended to inform you of general hazards associated with the product. It is not designed to enable you to skip reading the Material Safety Datasheet!!!
  3. How safe are RTV Silicones to use?
    Generally speaking there are no real fume hazards associated with either Condensation or Addition Cure Rubbers. DO NOT CONFUSE A SILICONE WITH A URETHANE ELASTOMER those are quite dangerous and you should employ the same safety as if you were handling a fast cast or foam!Condensation cures should be used with mild caution. The catalyst contains Tin, an accumulative poison similar to lead that your body cannot get rid of. Therefore ingestion and skin exposure should be avoided at all times. Never try to make a mould of a body part with Condensation Cure (Tin Cure) Silicones. This includes our entire ACC Silicones Range. Wear gloves, eye protection and don't eat while using the product.Addition Cure rubbers like our Viscolo and Viscolo Elite Ranges have a Platinum based catalyst. This is not an accumulative poison and many people consider this type of RTV skin safe. However unless its been certified as such you have no case with a manufacturer or supplier if it does cause you harm. Consider safer options for body casting like alginates.This advice is intended to inform you of general hazards associated with the product. It is not designed to enable you to skip reading the Material Safety Datasheet!!!
  4. What precautions should I use when I handle Glass Fibre Reinforcements?
    Generally Glass Fibre Reinforcements are quite safe to use. They present no fume hazard, however some very fine glass particles may be present and you should avoid inhalation of these by way of a dust and particulate respirator.Inhalation of fine glass fibres under a certain size can lead to fibrosis in the lungs which can cause long term breathing difficulties. It is, with cheaper imported glass, possible to cut yourself on strands, so use gloves to protect your hands during handling. Latex gloves usually provide a good barrier but for longer life gloves consider our Mappa Range, or a pair of Marigolds from your supermarket.This advice is intended to inform you of general hazards associated with the product. It is not designed to enable you to skip reading the Material Safety Datasheet!!!
  5. HELP! I have had an accident! What shall I do?
    If you have any of our products in your eyes or you have ingested any product seek medical advice immediately. Take the can or container with you and show the label, this will help the Doctor or Paramedic administer First Aid.If you have the product on your skin, refer to the Material Safety Data Sheet for steps or treatments. Sometimes its advised to use waterless handcleaners like Takleen before your wash it off your skin. However its important to remove the product from your skin as soon as possible.IF YOU HAVE CHILDREN IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD STORE YOUR PRODUCTS OUT OF THEIR REACH AT ALL TIMES!!!This advice is intended to inform you of actions you should take in case of an accident and is not a replacement for medical advice!!!
  6. How do i safely dispose of unused product?
    Under no cirumstances ever tip any of our liquid products down the drain, they will pollute the waterways and could poison you or others!If you wish to dispose of liquids, you should ask your council about special waste disposal. Alternatively, catalyse or mix products to form a solid waste which is then safe to landfill.Use caution when curing large volumes of Urethanes or Polyesters, they both create heat and may catch fire if they are in sufficient volume!You may by prior approval, arrange for your residual product to be collected by our courier and safely disposed of by us, however there is a charge for this service.
  7. Where do i get my MSDS and TDS (Safety and technical data sheets) from for the products i have ordered?

    99% of our product data is online and in the majority of cases is directly linked on our product pages. However if this is not the case, and you believe there should be one under the DataSheets Tab on the product, please contact us via the shops contact system. If for any reason your datasheets are not available for download please contact us. DO NOT try to use the products purchased without reading the necessary safety data and where applicable performing a risk assessment to comply with HSE regulations (risk assessments apply to commercial users but it is good practice as an individual to make yourself aware of hazards!)