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Gilsonite is safe to use!
Gilsonite has excellent health safety characteristics. In fact, Gilsonite products are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in resinous and polymeric coatings that come into direct contact with food. Gilsonite falls under Section §175.300 (formerly Section §121.2514) of the FDA regulations, Part 3, subpart (iv), which lists Gilsonite as one of several approved natural resins. Gilsonite products are non- carcinogenic, non-mutagenic, and non-toxic. Details can be found in the OSHA Materials Safety Data Sheets for Gilsonite products.
Health safety has become a most important factor in the selection of resinous products. More restrictive regulations Worldwide now make it necessary to label products that contain resins with poor or marginal health safety properties. Certain resins and bituminous fractions that are derived from petroleum and coal now can only be used with proper hazard labeling. Gilsonite is a valuable, no-label, alternative to these hazardous products.
Gilsonite in its unaltered state is non-carcinogenic, non- mutagenic, and non-toxic by recognized test procedures, which include the modified Ames assay test, chronic feeding studies for the National Toxicology Program (NTP), and NIOSH protocols. It has also been documented by the State of Utah that long-term exposure to Gilsonite, especially dust, does not contribute to dermatitis, lung disease, or any other disease. However, it is recommended that dust masks or respirators be used in long-term exposure situations.
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