EVAPORATE LABORATORY SOLVENTS IN MAXIMUM SAFETY
Health and safety in the workplace are undoubtedly one of the foundations of international social policies.
Numerous official documents have been written to help achieve the objective of progressive improvement in workplace well-being, with law 626 and subsequent modifications being most important. This document focuses on accident prevention through the use of instruments with specific features, and work-related disease prevention by limiting the use of dangerous subtances (when possible) or by minimizing contact in the workplace and with workers.
A common aim of the numerous publications is to define good practice, make it known and then develop it to the point where working conditions favour greater worker safety and health. To instil a culture of prevention and to change attitudes, it is necessary to improve understanding of risk for the people directly involved, through education, by making them aware and helping them anticipate new risks. Consequently, the promotion of prevention must start in the first phase of instruction and proceed with regular continuing education adapted to everyday conditions. It is also essential to integrate health and workplace safety into company management and in other activities that lead to a systematic approach to workplace well-being. It is therefore necessary to consider changes occurring in the work environment.
Health and safety must be improved through creation of healty and safe workplace. The culture of risk prevention must be consolidated by demonstrating that effective workplace safety and health policies are a strategic factor in market competition and that, in contrast, absence of these policies means added costs.
STEROGLASS believes in safety and the most tangible demonstration of this is the STEROVAC instrument range.
STEROVAC is the ultimate response to safety and defence of health and the workplace.
Toxic effects of the most common Volatile Organic Compounds
DIETHIL ETHER: is recognised as a systemic toxin of average entity, either due to acute overexposure or in consideration of its long term effects. When inhaled it causes respiratory tract irritation, coughing, dyspnoea, and pulmonary oedema.
It also acts on the central nervous system causing headaches, general depression, weakness, drowsiness, possible memory loss and respiratory difficulties. It has been known to cause changes to hepatic function.
TRICHLOROMETHENE: when absorbed, chloroform damages hollow organs such as liver, heart and kidneys. Its solubility in fatty substances, particularly on inhalation, ingestion or absorption through the skin, together with mild narcosis stupor, is similar to a state of inebriation, and it is no longer used as an anaesthetic since its toxicity has been discovered.
Continuous exposure leads to a lowering of blood pressure and respiratory depression. greater than 2% concentration can lead to respiratory block and cardiac death. 5000 ppm for a short time can interfere with time and space orientation with tendency to falls; 1000 ppm in 5 to 10 mins can cause depression and uneasiness. Suspected carcinogenic.
DICHLOROMETHENE: Dichloromethene vapour in great quantities can act on the nervous system and cause illness, fainting and, in extreme cases, death. The vapour can decompose on electrical elements and naked flames producing hydrochloric acid gas. Dichloromethene metabolises with carbon monoxide and causes (especially in smokers) arrhythmia and cardiac stress.
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