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Introduction to rubber processing and safety issues

This section provides details of the mechanical processes involved in the production of various types of rubber goods. Details are included of the various safety and fire and explosion hazards but there are only brief references made to the health risks. For information on health risks see our health and safety topics.

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1 Mainly aromatic hydrocarbon derivatives
2 Crushed limestone, chalk and other whitings
3 Includes biologically active complex organic compounds

The industry uses very powerful machinery with the potential to cause fatal and serious injuries. There are established industry safeguarding standards for two-roll mills, internal mixers and calenders. Many serious accidents take place during repairs or to clear blockages etc, and there must be procedures in place to ensure that safe interventions take place.

Updated 2015-05-18