Safe Use of Solvent Cements
This PPFA User Bulletin is designed to provide guidance to those using solvent cements, primers or cleaners in the installation and joining of thermoplastic pipe and fittings and thereby promote safety in the workplace. Specific situations may and often do require special precautions or procedures. Therefore, users should carefully assess the requirements of each specific situation before making practical application of anything contained in this publication.
Safe Handling Procedures
- These cements, primers, and cleaners contain solvents that are classified as combustible, flammable or extremely flammable. Keep these products well away from all sources of ignition, such as sparks, heat and open flames. Containers holding these products must be kept tightly closed, except when in use.
- Threshold limits for worker exposure during an eight-hour work day have been established for each of the solvents used in these products. Those limits are found on the Material Safety Data Sheets of each product. It is very important to maintain the air concentration of these solvents below these limits. When using these products in an area of limited ventilation, a ventilating device such as a fan or air mover can be used to maintain a safe air concentration. Also, an air-purifying NIOSH-recognized respirator may be used. Any ventilating device must be selected and located so it cannot provide a source of ignition.
- The solvents in these products should not come into contact with bare skin. Use of the applicators provided to apply the products can minimize skin contact. However, if skin contact can not be avoided, protective gloves should be worn.
- The solvents in these products will cause severe irritation if they come into contact with the eyes. Proper eye protection must be worn whenever there is any possibility that such contact may occur.
- These cements must not be ingested. Do not eat or drink when using cements, primers or cleaners.
This PPFA User Bulletin is designed to provide guidance in achieving the efficient, effective and proper use of plastic pipe. The suggestions and advice contained in the Bulletin are offered merely to provide plastic pipe users with a general frame of reference. Because specific situations may and often do require special treatment, the suggestions and advice are obviously not universally applicable. Therefore, the user should carefully assess the requirements of his specific situation before making practical application of anything contained in this publication.