Solvent cement is a product available in liquid or gel form and is usually sold in containers or tubes. It is used to join PVC pipes and different types of plastics. Solvent cement provides a quick and convenient method of joining materials and surfaces. It is important to follow some safety precautions during the handling and storage of solvent cement.
1 – Keep Away from Sources of Heat and Open Flames
Solvent cement must be used and stored away from volatile or combustible products, heaters, pilot lights, open flames and other sources of heat. This product can explode and start a fire if it is used in the vicinity of combustible substances. In case of a fire, contact the fire department immediately and use a fire extinguisher till help arrives.
2 – Work in a Ventilated Environment
Inhalation of the fumes from solvent cement for extended intervals of time can cause nausea, headaches, dizziness and trouble in breathing. To avoid this, always work in a well ventilated area. If you are going to be working with the solvent cement for continuous long intervals, it is better to use a breathing apparatus or mask.
3 – Wear Gloves during Handling
If it comes in contact with the skin, solvent cement can cause problems such as itchiness, burning and flaking of the skin. To protect yourself, wear an apron and gloves. If the product comes in contact with your clothing, change it and wash as soon as possible. If your skin comes in contact with the solvent cement, wash the affected area thoroughly with soap and water for about 15 minutes.
4 – Wear Safety Goggles during Use
Solvent cement can sometimes squirt when it is being ejected or applied. It is an irritant that can cause long-term damage if left unattended. To prevent problems, wash your eyes thoroughly with water for 15 minutes and if irritation persists, see a doctor.
5 – Dispose in Accordance with Local Rules
Solvent cement must not be discarded with regular trash, unless it is with the consent of the waste management authorities. Before disposing of a container, make sure it is devoid of any solvent cement. Excess solvent cement must be disposed of as hazardous waste, or may be burned if local laws permit.
6 – Get Medical Help in Case of Accidents
In case of contact with the eyes or skin, contact a doctor if irritation persists. If accidental ingestion occurs, you must contact a poison control center immediately. Never try to induce vomiting. The affected person must drink a few glasses of water or milk while waiting for help.
7 – Store in a Cool, Dark Place
You must store solvent cement in a protected place that is away from direct sunlight and heat. Keep the container tightly closed at all times to prevent drying out.
8 – Keep Out of the Reach of Children
Keep the container of solvent cement away from children and pets at all times. Users who are unaware of the contents can be seriously harmed if they misuse it.