Brand Names
Cascamite, Aerodux 185, Aerolite 300/306, Cascophen, RS216M.
Used for bonding wood where a particularly strong waterproof joint is
required. A catalyst may be added to accelerate setting at room temperature.
Methanol fumes are given off during curing. The MEL is 2ppm. This will not
be reached with the small joints used in schools.
Some resin components are a complex mix of hydrocarbons having heavier
than air vapours which are harmful if inhaled. On the scale of use within
schools, both fume and vapour will be swept away with good natural
Urea formaldehyde powder is subject to the general dust limit: an MEL of 10
mg/m3 averaged over eight hours. However, unless more than a litre of
adhesive is prepared at once, this limit will not be reached.
Prolonged contact with the skin may cause dermatitis. Methanal
(formaldehyde) is a recognised skin sensitiser.
Manufacturer's advice must be followed at all times. All work must have good
natural ventilation.
Care must be taken to avoid raising dust during mixing which is best done by
teachers or technicians.
Gloves should be worn or a barrier cream should be applied. The skin should
be thoroughly washed with soap and warm water after using the adhesive and
before eating or drinking.
All containers should be closed when not in use to minimise evaporation or
Store in a cool, dry place with containers tightly closed. If marked flammable
it should be stored in a flameproof cabinet or store room.
Small quantities can be added to solid refuse.
Immediate Remedial Measures
If swallowed: DO NOT INDUCE VOMITING. Seek medical attention.
If vapour is inhaled: The casualty should be taken to fresh air and, if
unconscious, turned on face. If breathing is irregular or has stopped,
administer artificial resuscitation while medical attention is sought.
If in the eyes: Irrigate immediately with water for at least ten minutes, holding
eyelids apart. Obtain medical attention.
If on the skin: Remove excess with hand cleaner, followed by washing with
soap and water. Do not use solvents.
If spilt in the workshop: The powder should be collected with an industrial
vacuum cleaner to keep the dust to a minimum. Liquid resin should be
contained and soaked up by an absorbent, non-flammable material (dry earth
or sand). Do not allow to enter drains. Exclude sources of ignition and
ventilate the area.