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Solvent Screening

What is a solvent?

A solvent is a substance that can dissolve to form a solution.

What is solvent screening?

It is a type of screening used to test for multiple solvents to make you are aware of what needs monitoring.

Why are solvents monitored?

The main reasons for solvent monitoring are to comply with regulatory regulations and reduce costs.

What are the benefits of solvent screening?

  • Reduce solvent use and waste throughout your business, site, or storage
  • Enhance environmental performance
  • Enhance product quality
  • Comply with health, safety, and environmental legislations
  • Improve working conditions
  • Reduce pollution
  • Improve public image / community and stakeholder relationships
  • Raise customer satisfaction levels

Why type of monitoring do I need?

The type of monitoring needed will depend on the results you need to get. Any monitoring could include:

  • Carrying out stock monitoring and control
  • Monitoring emissions continually or periodically
  • Providing total emissions data and/or details about specific compounds
  • Recording conditions where measurements are taken
  • Calculations of mass emissions
  • Complying with regulatory requirements

What kind of products contain solvents?

  • Paint/ paint removers
  • Adhesives
  • Pesticides
  • Lacquers and vanishes
  • Toiletries
  • Nail polish remover
  • Wood finishes

What are the health concerns?

Solvents can be highly toxic. Short term exposure to solvents can lead to temporary symptoms from the nervous system such as headache, dizziness, and nausea, but can in some cases, lead to permanent damage.

Long-term exposure some solvents can increase the risk of cancer. If certain solvents are handled without adequate ventilation, this can result in asphyxiation or even death.

How could I be exposed?

Solvents can evaporate from products and become mixed with the air we breathe. Some solvents are common groundwater contaminants and can even end up in drinking water.

How can I protect myself?

In the workplace, limit exposure by enclosing operations and ensure that all spaces are well-ventilated. If adequate ventilation is not possible, wear a respirator.

When handling certain solvents, correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required. This includes chemical safety goggles and protective clothing (gloves, aprons, boots), facemasks or face shields.

If you or someone you know is concerned that they may be at risk from exposure to solvents, please use the form below to get in touch with Healthscreen UK today. Alternatively, call 014555245743 to get in touch with one of our dedicated specialists.


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