Respirator mask and fume safety

Hi all! I am just getting into using my C&P platen press and am looking for guidance on safety, particularly regarding fumes from mineral spirits and ink.

My press is set up next to a window which I keep open and have a fan near when I’m there working. Is that adequate for ventilation?

I am considering getting a respirator mask. I am just nervous about fumes - I’m having trouble finding definitive information on the potential risks, especially with ink (I have rubber-based). The container says not to inhale…does that mean sticking your face in it and huffing, or is just being in the room with an open container potentially harmful? And is the “risk” a risk of a headache, or the risk of down the line getting lung cancer or something? lol

Please excuse my ignorance! I’m excited about this project, but really would prefer not to take on any unnecessary health risks.

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You have very little to worry about. I’m pretty sure ” sticking your face in and inhaling” wouldn’t even cause an issue. Some people are more sensitive than others to odors but forgo the respirator for now.

I bought a mask because my shop isn’t the best for ventilation.
Mask was acquired in response to concern over fumes from
solvent (Rogersol LT) used to wash up the press/rollers.
I had been diagnosed with something undesirable at that time;
I have since had reason to believe that the diagnosis was
bogus. You never know how you look until you get your picture took.

I think you’ll be ok. If you were working in a room with it all day every day, I’d be a bit more concerned, but you probably get a more concentrated amount of nasty fumes filling up your car.

If you’re only using mineral spirits, I wouldn’t be at all concerned. If you’re working with a window, fan etc. you’re already doing more than most to limit your exposure to any fumes.

Warning labels are formulated for the reckless, and to limit *any* potential liability. However you’re not doing years of continuous oil painting with a slow solvent, you’re using relatively tiny amounts of ink and mineral spirits in a well-ventilated space. If you were on the press day-in day-out, you might want to take some extra precautions.