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Working with Industrial Solvents.


PB88237698

Publication Date 1972
Page Count 7
Abstract A pamphlet provides information on the occupational safety aspects of work with solvents. Topics include uses of solvents, definition, health problems associated with use, exposure control, management responsibilities, and workers' responsibilities. All organic solvents affect the central nervous system and the skin. The major routes of exposure involve absorption through the skin or the inhalation of solvent vapors. Exposure could damage the blood, lungs, liver, kidney, and gastrointestinal system. Methods to control exposure include ventilation systems, local exhaust ventilation, respirators, and protective clothing. Good personal hygiene may be important in preventing accidental exposures. The responsibility of management lay in the education of the workers as to the hazards involved, to enforce the use of protective safety devices and protective clothing, and investigate any erratic behavior on the part of any employee which might indicate exposure to solvents. Employees must avoid skin contact, use available protective devices, avoid dangerous practices, report and clean up any spills immediately, report all ill effects and skin disorders, and develop good personal hygiene habits.
Keywords
  • Industrial medicine
  • Organic solvents
  • Accident prevention
  • Hazardous materials
  • Industrial hygiene
  • Toxic substances
  • Occupational safety and health
Source Agency
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
NTIS Subject Category
  • 41I - Job Environment
  • 57Y - Toxicology
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 94D - Job Environment
Corporate Authors National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Rockville, MD.
Supplemental Notes Also available from Supt. of Docs.
Document Type Technical Report
NTIS Issue Number 198822
Working with Industrial Solvents.
Working with Industrial Solvents.
PB88237698

  • Industrial medicine
  • Organic solvents
  • Accident prevention
  • Hazardous materials
  • Industrial hygiene
  • Toxic substances
  • Occupational safety and health
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • 41I - Job Environment
  • 57Y - Toxicology
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 94D - Job Environment
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