Common Solvents

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Feb 27, 2017
NIOSH Science Blog: Occupational Exposures to New Drycleaning Solvents

This blog discusses the use of newer solvents in drycleaning, and current exposure assessments.

Source: NIOSH

Jan 15, 2017
Scorecard: Xylene Chemical Profile (Mixed Isomers)

Environmental and health hazard information provided by Scorecard, the pollution information site, on xylene.

Source: Scorecard

Jan 15, 2017
Chemical exposure and hearing loss

This article also addresses the limitations of pure-tone air-conduction audiometry when assessing chemical-induced hearing loss and proposes a more complete approach to evaluate the auditory neurosensory hearing receptor and the neural pathways involved in the stapedial reflex.

Source: NCBI

Jan 15, 2017
Methylene Chloride Small Entity Compliance Guide Fact Sheets

These fact sheets discuss monitoring requirements, suggested engineering and work practice controls, substitutes, respirator use, protective equipment, and compliance schedules for various small businesses.

Source: OSHA

Aug 01, 2013
Oregon OSHA Hazard Alert: Methylene Chloride — bathroom fixture refinishing

One worker died and another became sick after an exposure to methylene chloride while performing bathroom fixture resurfacing projects. Oregon OSHA urges employers to train their employees to take precautions and avoid exposure. Methylene chloride is very dangerous.

Source: Oregon OSHA

Aug 01, 2013
OSHA/NIOSH Hazard Alert: 1-Bromopropane (PDF)

1-Bromopropane (1-BP) is a solvent that is used in degreasing, dry cleaning, spray adhesives, and aerosol solvents. Controls and personal protective equipment are available to protect workers from 1-BP exposure.

Source: OSHA

Apr 01, 2013
OSHA Safety and Health Topics: Toluene

This page summarizes information about toluene including health hazards and protective measures, occupational exposure limits, OSHA standards, risk assessment and more.

Source: OSHA

Oct 01, 2012
Fact Sheet - Alternatives to Perchloroethylene Used in Professional Garment Care

This four-page fact sheet includes summary results of an alternatives assessment of seven common alternatives to perc. It is provided by Toxic Use Reduction Unit at UMass Lowell.

Source: TURI

Feb 01, 2012
Worker Fatality Alert: Methylene Chloride Linked to Worker Death Worker in Tank

The CA/FACE Program is investigating the Preventable death of a worker who was using a paint stripper in a tank (Jan. 2012).

Source: CDPH

Feb 01, 2009
CCOHS OSH Answers: Toluene

These pages provided by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety provides information on toluene including health effects, first aid, safe working practices, personal protective equipment, international hazard classifications and more.

Source: CCOHS