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Fabric coating

The problem:

Workers producing coated fabrics handle solvent soaked coating material. They transfer a lump of the material to the coating machine. At the machine they spread the material with their hands.

They then clean their hands with solvent-soaked rags and they do this most of the day.

Handling solvent-soaked material is a good recipe for irritant contact dermatitis (ICD). There is significant absorption through the skin, which may cause ill health to other parts of the body (eg the kidneys or liver)

Handling solvent-soaked material appears to be a common practice in many industrial sectors.

Fabric

Solution:

Prevent or minimise the contact with solvent-soaked materials;

This type of solution can be applied in other industrial sectors.

Benefits:

Legislative Requirements:

Updated 2010-05-02