SMG SAFETY ADVISOR:
Most hazards on a typical jobsite are pretty obvious - sharp edges on tools, moving machinery and dangerous heights usually keep workers aware and alert. But another common workplace hazard is much less obvious. In fact, by the time a worker notices that he or she has been dangerously exposed, it may be too late to do anything about it.
That hazard is solvents - chemical liquids that have a wide variety of uses on worksites, from cleaning solutions to paints, pesticides and various chemicals. Because workers encounter solvents so frequently, they may not give much thought to them when it comes to safety. That's a mistake, because many solvents are extremely hazardous, capable of burning skin or damaging lungs if fumes are inhaled. The safety experts at Safety Management Group have prepared an article to help “Solve the safety challenges of solvents.” Read the article here or browse Chemical Safety signs here.