Use of Solvents Toolbox Talk (UK) Mobile App
Chemical substances which are used to dilute other substances or materials are referred to as solvents.
How does it work?
They are usually organic liquids. Many solvents are also used as chemical intermediates, fuels, and as components of a wide range of products. Industrial solvents are often mixtures of several individual substances and can be found under a variety of trade names. As illustrated in the Use of Solvents Toolbox Talk (UK) app, solvents are found in many products including cleaning and degreasing materials, paint removers, paints, lacquers and varnishes, adhesives, inks and ink removers, pesticides, and toiletries. Illnesses can be caused by breathing in vapors from paints, paint strippers and glues. These fumes are harmful as they dry or cure. Deliberate inhalation of solvents such as glue sniffing can be fatal. Some solvents can be absorbed through the skin with repeated or prolonged skin contact and may cause dermatitis. Eye contact with liquid solvent and fumes can cause irritation and inflammation and solvents can be taken into the body on contaminated food, drink and cigarettes can cause serious digestive issues.
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