Hey there, readers! Welcome back to another Campbell & Haliburton Insurance safety tip blog. This week, our mascot and main man, Cam, had an extraterrestrial encounter… or at least he thinks he did. In this blog, the team is going to explain some safety tips when working with industrial adhesives. This is to ensure you don’t end up hallucinating from toxic gases of adhesives like our uncle Cam did!


Safety Tips for Working With Industrial Adhesives


Physical and Toxic Hazards


There can be both physical and toxic hazards when working with adhesives. Solvent-based adhesives can be flammable and explosive, while thermal adhesives like hot glue can create contact burns. Further, the blend of ingredients in certain adhesives can be toxic, causing skin irritations, allergic reactions, and chemical burns. Volatile Organic Compounds can also enter the body through the respiratory system, causing irritation and absorption of toxins.


How to Work With Industrial Adhesives


Before working with adhesives, read the manual or packaging for safety instructions specific to the adhesive being used. Once you have mastered the safety manual, you’re ready to begin.

When working with any industrial adhesive, it’s essential to wear protective clothing to protect yourself from toxic ingredients within the glue, including:

  • Latex gloves
  • Dust masks
  • Safety glasses


Be Cautious


Training is critical in understanding the risks associated with adhesives. Always ensure that you work in a well-ventilated space and that air filtration equipment is maintained in a workplace that regularly uses adhesives to avoid inhaling toxic fumes. Should exposed skin or eyes come in contact with the adhesive, wash hands thoroughly with soap and water. After drying, apply a skin moisturizer to remove any remaining adhesive. If adhesive comes in contact with the eyes, wash both eyes under running water for 10 minutes. Afterward, cover the eyes with a bandage and consult an eye specialist.



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