Adhesives come in many different forms, and can vary in hazards. General hazards when using adhesives on site include respiratory and skin irritation. To keep yourself safe while using adhesives, take the following risk control measures:
Some commercial and industrial adhesives can release toxic vapours which be harmful to respiratory systems. To protect yourself, ensure that the work area is well-ventilated and that you use respiratory protection, when required.
Personal Protective Equipment
Working with industrial and commercial adhesives requires the use of personal protective equipment to keep workers safe and to avoid hazards such as respiratory illnesses, and skin irritation.
PPE used when handling adhesives on site should include, but is not limited to:
- Respiratory protection
- Hand protection
- Skin protection (long sleeves, pants)
- Eye protection
In the event that an adhesive comes into contact with your skin, wash well with soap and water, or follow manufacturer’s directives.
Should the adhesive come into contact with your eyes, immediately flush the eye at an emergency eye wash station. Consult a physician as soon as possible.
Post working with adhesives, it is important to thoroughly wash hands. Never smoke, drink, or eat while working with adhesives. Never store food or beverages in areas where adhesives are handled or used.
In the event that an adhesive is swallowed, flush your mouth and immediately consult a physician.