|OSHA Solvent Safety Sign|
Because solvents are so common at work and home, workers may not give them the safety attention they deserve. Yet solvent exposure can damage skin, eyes, internal organs and respiratory tissue - as well as cause fires and explosions. Clearly, workers need to be aware of
the solvents used in their workplace, steps they can take to protect themselves and action to take in the event of a spill or injury.
OSHA has isssued standards covering solvent use in General Industry (29 CFR 1910), Shipyard Employment (29 CFR 1915) and Construction Industry (29 CFR 1926). Employers are required to make safety data sheets available to workers and provide training on proper chemical handling. The safety experts at Safety Management Group in Indianapolis have posted an article that looks at the dangers solvents pose - and the steps workers can take to use them safely.