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      Solvents are commonly found in many workplaces. They are used so
      often that workers forget that they can be very dangerous when
      not handled appropriate. Loosely defined, a solvent is a
      substance, usually a liquid, that is used to dissolve another
      substance. Solvents can pose a number of health risks as a result
      of skin contact with the solvents or from inhalation of vapors
      from the solvent. Also, improperly handled or stored solvents can
      present risks of fire and explosion.


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      Solvents are commonly found in many workplaces. They are used so
      often that workers forget that they can be very dangerous when
      not handled appropriate.

      Loosely defined, a solvent is a substance, usually a liquid, that
      is used to dissolve another substance. Solvents can pose a number
      of health risks as a result of skin contact with the solvents or
      from inhalation of vapors from the solvent. Also, improperly
      handled or stored solvents can present risks of fire and
      explosion.

      Health Effects

      One of the most common health hazards associated with exposure to
      solvents is dermatitis. Contact dermatitis can develop from a
      single exposure or from multiple exposures. It can leave the skin
      susceptible to a short-term infection or to a chronic condition.
      Exposure can also result in sensitization to the solvent, which
      is a delayed allergic reaction that often becomes more severe
      with subsequent exposures (for this reason, it is important that
      workers wear the appropriate protective equipment, such as
      chemical protective gloves, each and every time they handle
      solvents). In order to prevent dermatitis, workers handling
      solvents need to wear chemical protective gloves such as neoprene
      gloves or nitrile gloves (remember to always check glove
      manufacturer information to verify chemical compatibility for
      chemical protective gloves). Also, if there is a risk of splash,
      coveralls or an apron and eye protection, such as goggles or
      safety glasses with face shields, should be used.

      Solvents can also present respiratory hazards as the result of
      the inhalation of vapors. Depending on the type and concentration
      of the solvent, exposure effects can range from mild respiratory
      irritation to severe damage to body organs and systems. In
      extreme cases, overexposure to solvent vapors can cause
      respiratory failure and death. In order to prevent injury
      resulting from solvents, respiratory protection should be worn.
      To determine the correct respiratory protection (generally,
      air-purifying respirators with the appropriate cartridges will be
      required), check the material safety data sheet (MSDS) for the
      solvent. As with dermatitis, because of the possibility of
      sensitization with some solvents, appropriate respiratory
      protection should be worn each and every time a worker is exposed
      to actionable respiratory levels of solvents. (Note: Prior to
      requiring respiratory protection when using solvents, make sure
      that you have instituted an appropriate respiratory protection
      program, including fit testing, medical evaluation, and training
      in the use of the types of respirator that will be used by the
      worker.)

      Handling And Storage

      Because solvents are often petroleum- or alcohol-based, they can
      pose a risk of fire and explosion. For this reason, it is
      important to ensure that solvents are stored and handled
      properly, including:

      * Read the labels and the material safety data sheets of the
      solvents. They list the hazards, health effects, and safe
      handling procedures as well as information on the flashpoint and
      boiling point of the solvent (which help to determine the risks
      for fire and explosion).

      * Take care when pouring solvents from one container to another
      since fire or explosions can occur from static electricity
      buildup. Utilize safety cans that incorporate grounding and spill
      prevention features to help reduce the potential for accidents.

      * Clean up solvent spills promptly and thoroughly.

      * Prohibit welding, cutting, soldering, and other sources of
      ignition in areas where solvents are used.

      * Store flammable solvents in well-ventilated areas constructed
      of fire-resistant materials. For smaller quantities of solvents,
      flammables cabinets are a good storage options (and in many
      instances are required by local or state building codes).
      Properly constructed flammable storage cabinets help to prevent
      solvent spills and, when properly vented, build up of dangerous
      vapors.

      * Ground and bond all tanks and equipment used for solvent
      storage.

      * Install fire extinguishers in both work and storage areas. For
      most solvents, ABC fire extinguishers or B fire extinguishers
      should be available. Water-only fire extinguishers are not
      appropriate for use on solvent-related fires as they may spread
      the fire. (And remember that all workers who are expected to
      utilize a fire extinguisher in the event of a fire must receive
      appropriate instruction in the use of fire extinguisher!)






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      of Safety Equipment (http://www.criticaltool.com/), such as
      chemical protective gloves, goggles, face shields, respiratory
      protection, safety cans, flammables cabinets, and fire
      extinguishers. If you thought this article was helpful,
      additional information on storing flammables can be found at
      http://www.criticaltool.com/storing-flammable-liquids.html


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        Working Safely With Solvents

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        Solvents are commonly found in many workplaces. They are used so
        often that workers forget that they can be very dangerous when
        not handled appropriate. Loosely defined, a solvent is a
        substance, usually a liquid, that is used to dissolve another
        substance. Solvents can pose a number of health risks as a result
        of skin contact with the solvents or from inhalation of vapors
        from the solvent. Also, improperly handled or stored solvents can
        present risks of fire and explosion.


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        Working Safely With Solvents
        Copyright (c) 2009 Rathi Niyogi
        CriticalTool, Inc.
        http://www.criticaltool.com/



        Solvents are commonly found in many workplaces. They are used so
        often that workers forget that they can be very dangerous when
        not handled appropriate.

        Loosely defined, a solvent is a substance, usually a liquid, that
        is used to dissolve another substance. Solvents can pose a number
        of health risks as a result of skin contact with the solvents or
        from inhalation of vapors from the solvent. Also, improperly
        handled or stored solvents can present risks of fire and
        explosion.

        Health Effects

        One of the most common health hazards associated with exposure to
        solvents is dermatitis. Contact dermatitis can develop from a
        single exposure or from multiple exposures. It can leave the skin
        susceptible to a short-term infection or to a chronic condition.
        Exposure can also result in sensitization to the solvent, which
        is a delayed allergic reaction that often becomes more severe
        with subsequent exposures (for this reason, it is important that
        workers wear the appropriate protective equipment, such as
        chemical protective gloves, each and every time they handle
        solvents). In order to prevent dermatitis, workers handling
        solvents need to wear chemical protective gloves such as neoprene
        gloves or nitrile gloves (remember to always check glove
        manufacturer information to verify chemical compatibility for
        chemical protective gloves). Also, if there is a risk of splash,
        coveralls or an apron and eye protection, such as goggles or
        safety glasses with face shields, should be used.

        Solvents can also present respiratory hazards as the result of
        the inhalation of vapors. Depending on the type and concentration
        of the solvent, exposure effects can range from mild respiratory
        irritation to severe damage to body organs and systems. In
        extreme cases, overexposure to solvent vapors can cause
        respiratory failure and death. In order to prevent injury
        resulting from solvents, respiratory protection should be worn.
        To determine the correct respiratory protection (generally,
        air-purifying respirators with the appropriate cartridges will be
        required), check the material safety data sheet (MSDS) for the
        solvent. As with dermatitis, because of the possibility of
        sensitization with some solvents, appropriate respiratory
        protection should be worn each and every time a worker is exposed
        to actionable respiratory levels of solvents. (Note: Prior to
        requiring respiratory protection when using solvents, make sure
        that you have instituted an appropriate respiratory protection
        program, including fit testing, medical evaluation, and training
        in the use of the types of respirator that will be used by the
        worker.)

        Handling And Storage

        Because solvents are often petroleum- or alcohol-based, they can
        pose a risk of fire and explosion. For this reason, it is
        important to ensure that solvents are stored and handled
        properly, including:

        * Read the labels and the material safety data sheets of the
        solvents. They list the hazards, health effects, and safe
        handling procedures as well as information on the flashpoint and
        boiling point of the solvent (which help to determine the risks
        for fire and explosion).

        * Take care when pouring solvents from one container to another
        since fire or explosions can occur from static electricity
        buildup. Utilize safety cans that incorporate grounding and spill
        prevention features to help reduce the potential for accidents.

        * Clean up solvent spills promptly and thoroughly.

        * Prohibit welding, cutting, soldering, and other sources of
        ignition in areas where solvents are used.

        * Store flammable solvents in well-ventilated areas constructed
        of fire-resistant materials. For smaller quantities of solvents,
        flammables cabinets are a good storage options (and in many
        instances are required by local or state building codes).
        Properly constructed flammable storage cabinets help to prevent
        solvent spills and, when properly vented, build up of dangerous
        vapors.

        * Ground and bond all tanks and equipment used for solvent
        storage.

        * Install fire extinguishers in both work and storage areas. For
        most solvents, ABC fire extinguishers or B fire extinguishers
        should be available. Water-only fire extinguishers are not
        appropriate for use on solvent-related fires as they may spread
        the fire. (And remember that all workers who are expected to
        utilize a fire extinguisher in the event of a fire must receive
        appropriate instruction in the use of fire extinguisher!)






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        Rathi Niyogi is the CEO of CriticalTool, a national distributor
        of Safety Equipment (http://www.criticaltool.com/), such as
        chemical protective gloves, goggles, face shields, respiratory
        protection, safety cans, flammables cabinets, and fire
        extinguishers. If you thought this article was helpful,
        additional information on storing flammables can be found at
        http://www.criticaltool.com/storing-flammable-liquids.html


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