Do you wear a respirator when working with less than a gallon of epoxy?

Discussion in 'Fiberglass and Composite Boat Building' started by BPL, Jan 17, 2013.


Do you wear a respirator when working with less than a gallon of epoxy?

  1. Yes

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  2. No

    15 vote(s)
  3. Sometimes

    9 vote(s)
  1. El_Guero

    El_Guero Previous Member

    Mr Upchurch, I do think we have met ....

    And they say Ft Worth is the big city. They oughta check out Aledo, or Azle.

  2. El_Guero

    El_Guero Previous Member

    As for using a respirator with chemical hazards .... if the chem-bio threat is great to the skin, it is MORE QUICKLY ABSORBED through the eyes and lungs into the blood stream.

    Just because the visible lesions are on the skin does NOT MEAN that the skin was the contact point.

    FURTHER, chem-bio hazards are like nuke hazards, they are life-time accumulation risks.

    You can inhale a gallon a day for years. But, one last whiff can put your body over your lifetime limit ....

    Everyone will reach their lifetime limit if they are exposed long enough.


  3. sokol25
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    sokol25 New Member

    I always use a raspirator, even when I glue small volumes of epoxy. Especially as process of a gluing is preceded usually by process of degreasing by solvent. Earlier, in the USSR raspirator weren't on sale and we glued without them. I suspect that I got an allergy then. Now only with a raspirator!

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    Welcome, sokol25.
  5. PAR
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    PAR Yacht Designer/Builder

    I'm not sure why this thread was "bumped" at 2:43 today, but I don't see a new reply. Was it removed?
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    Boat Design Net Moderator Moderator

    It was a vote in the poll. (Closing the poll now since it's been 3 years.)
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  7. PAR
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    Thanks Jeff, I should have realized this . . .
  8. mydauphin
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    mydauphin Senior Member

    I always work in an open environment. Most sanding is not a problem, I use a very big grit mostly, and lots of wet sanding. I wear gloves when mixing most of the time. Been doing this for 40 years no problem. But I know people that have gotten seriously sick after just a few weeks.
  9. gaza
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    gaza Junior Member

    i agree with tunnels, do not underestimate the toxicity of Epoxy ,especially the hardener.
    I have worked with it every day now for 8 years and have seen the results on people not taking safety precautions .
    1, always wear a carbon filter cartridge respirator.
    2. always wear gloves ( rubber or deposable)
    3. Where it s possible fan ventilation.
    poisonous scary stuff. that does an incredible job.
    regards Garry.

  10. Mike Caruso 6250
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    Mike Caruso 6250 New Member

    Thanks Wayne,
    My best friends wife just passed 1 year ago from MEK that they used at the place she worked. They made window shades in an old Chicago building for 50 years, no A/C JUST OPEN HUGE WINDOWS and mopped the floors and wiped work tables with MEK. She worked there for 10 or more years and she was in the office doing paper work. Wondered why everyone who retired died like with in months now we all know. She fought it and it was gone for 4 years came back and she lasted 5 more.
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