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Pysanka USA, LLC – Chemical Statement & Disclaimer

Pysanka USA, LLC – Chemical Statement & Disclaimer

Our Supplier PYSANKY USA, LLC makes every attempt to be open and honest with all customers purchasing they Pysanka USA dyes about any health hazards related to the products that the produce and sell. All dyes are aniline and nontoxic except those that are marked.

Pysanka USA provides the following information supplied to them by the manufacturers and distributors of these professional-grade dye powders. Each person has their own opinion and standard as to what is “safe”, and it will be up to each artist to assess their own risks.  We will give you the most current information so that you may assess any risks or choose another product. Having the information you may make an informed decision that is best for you personally.  In the art material industry, formulated paints such as cadmium, cobalt and flake white are still purchased to this day.  Fine artists will still use these as opposed to the synthetic versions, and are aware of the risks, and handle the products with care and respect.  Having the information allows them to avoid using certain products and settle for the less harmful versions of those colors.  All dye products that are produced by PysankyUSA LLC should be handled with care and should be kept away from unsupervised children and pets. 

As a rule, and by law in some states, PysankyUSA, LLC must provide a warning regardless of how obvious or remote the possibility.  California's proposition 65 requires that products sold in California which contain, in any amount, any chemical on what is called the “Prop 65 list” must be labeled as follows: “contains chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer.” On that list are many chemicals including alcohol, cigarette smoke, copper, etc.  You will find an affixed warning on some of the dye packets and highlighted on the website under the descriptions of the dye colors. You may decide to opt out of purchasing/using those colors.  If you decide to use those colors, they must be handled with extreme care.

Here are some precautionary rules to follow when handling the dyes. They have put together some common sense and good housekeeping practices to help assure safety in handling procedures:

  • Wear an approved N95 dust mask (good) when handling the powders to keep from inhaling the dyes. Change to fresh one periodically. If you work with dyes and chemicals for a living, have allergies or chemical sensitivities, then upgrade to a good deluxe rubber respirator with the proper filters (better)
  • Wipe up areas where you have been using powdered dyes with a damp cloth/towel/wipe. Have a designated mixing station (and one that doesn’t involve proximity to eating area or food preparation). Wipe up liquid spills immediately, as after drying up, the dust may become airborne.
  • If there is any chance of getting the dye powder in your eyes, wear safety glasses (good) or protective safety goggles (better).
  • If you are handling and mixing multiple dyes, you may consider a face shield as well.
  • Wear rubber, nitrile, or neoprene gloves to prevent skin absorption when handling the powders.
  • Do not mix or roll the egg in the liquid dye mixture without a gloved hand or wire egg holder.
    provide yourself adequate ventilation if powders are present. Open a window if possible. If not, investing in a small dust collector with multiple filters would be best. Change filters as recommended by manufacturer.
  • Don’t use cooking or eating utensils to prepare dyes as the dyes are not intended for human consumption. If you are heating dyes in microwave, purchase a small inexpensive or second-hand one dedicated for this purpose only. Use dedicated utensils
  • Do not heat up food in the same microwave. Clean the inside periodically with a wet wipe or a paper towel with 409 spray, simple green or awesome orange. (this is also why you don’t want to use the microwave or any other kitchen appliance after, for any kind of food or drink). When cleaning up liquid or powdered dyes, please use gloves.
  • Keep paper towels, wipes, and coffee filters for straining in a sealed container and dispose of these at your nearest hazardous drop off site.
  • Store mixed and labeled dyes in a cool dry place away from unsupervised children and pets.
  • Pregnant women must be particularly alert! Discuss the use of dyes and chemicals with your doctor.
  • If you experience an adverse reaction from using any product, stop using it at once. Allergies and chemical sensitivities are unique to individuals and are impossible to predict. Also, please do not decorate your body with the powders or liquid dyes. Yes. It seems obvious to most, but it is stated just to be clear.
  • Use your common sense, be mindful and pay attention to what you are doing. Don’t work when you are tired.
  • Don’t drink, eat, or smoke while near or mixing up dyes.