What to Consider when Buying Xylene Products
Xylene is one of the most largely produced chemicals in the US. It is usually used as a solvent by the printing, rubber and leather industries. The most common use for Xylene in these industries is as a cleaning agent but is also commonly used in varnishes in the paint industry. Other industries that use Xylene for a whole range of processes are the plastic and synthetic fiber industries where it is used for coating fabrics and paper. Although the use of Xylene is common and extremely important for a lot of industries, buying Xylene products and handling them can be complicated and hazardous in many ways. For effective purchase and handling, there are some points you should focus on.
One major issue that concerns Xylene purchase is the transport of Xylene to the industry where it needs to be used. The most common hazard is leakage. As Xylene is a liquid, it can leak into soil and surface water causing enormous environmental harm. Although the chemical has easily-evaporative properties, it usually takes days for it to evaporate after an accidental spill. Before the spilled Xylene is evaporated, it can contaminate underground water and also cause harm to marine plant and animal life.
It is imperative that transport of Xylene is made safe. Before purchasing large amounts of the chemical, make sure that everything from its packaging to shipping is done under strict supervision and anti-leakage measures are taken.
The second important point before buying Xylene products is to understand that you are susceptible to Xylene exposure too and not just marine life or underground water. In case of a leak during transport or due to a leakage caused in a waste-Xylene storage, the chemical can evaporate and hang in the air for days. Breathing in this air can have severe harmful health effects.
Make sure that after purchase and use, the air around your industry is being constantly monitored for levels of Xylene. Apart from outdoor air exposure, Xylene can have major harmful effects indoors too and can put industry workers at risk. You will have to take appropriate anti-exposure measures to keep workers safe.
Keep in mind that an industry worker after exposure to Xylene may take a long time to recover from its harmful effects. As the chemical can be absorbed into the body by both breathing in through the lungs and direct exposure to the skin, the time it takes for it to break down and leave the body varies. Xylene absorbed by the lungs greatly harms the lungs but leaves the body through exhaling in a short time though. When absorbed through the skin, it stays into the human body longer. Health effects like impaired vision, muscular spasms, impaired memory and digestive malfunction are usually observed. Make sure your industry workers are examined and treated appropriately. Making appropriate health arrangements for industry workers before buying Xylene products should be a priority.