Inhalation is a common risk of working with solvents. Once inhaled, solvent vapors can quickly move into the bloodstream.
Fortunately, in cases of inhalation of low concentrations of solvent vapors, symptoms often pass relatively quickly without causing permanent damage.
Workers who are exposed to solvent liquids and vapors for many years, however, can suffer more serious health problems.
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The long-term effect of solvent exposure depends on the type of solvent as well as the length of exposure. Examples of long-term health hazards include:
The first-aid procedures discussed below are appropriate for most solvents. However, you should train employees to always consult the label and SDS for specific first-aid procedures for the particular solvent.
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