Health and Safety Guidelines when Working with Adhesive Products

Nowadays, more industries and businesses across the UK than ever before are switching to bespoke adhesive products. From custom glue products to security laminates and hundreds more besides, those who design and create high-quality adhesives for a variety of purposes have never been more in demand.

Over and above every other bonding method currently available, bespoke adhesive products have the potential to be extremely affordable, easy to use, reliable and convenient. But just as is the case with all adhesive products across the board, it is crucial to bear a few health and safety precautions in mind when using such products. It is usually not until a rather nasty accident presents itself that the real importance of being careful with such products hits home.

Suffice to say then, it is a much better idea to be proactive and try to avoid such scenarios in the first place – the following simple guidelines being perhaps a great starting point:

1 – Always Follow the Instructions

First up, the very nature of adhesives as special products means that no two items will ever be exactly the same when customised. Therefore, when it comes to how they need to be used, the safety precautions that should be taken and of course how not to use them by any means, the specific instructions might vary a lot from one product to the next. Therefore, the importance of reading the instructions and following them to the word can’t be overstated. To work with any bespoke adhesive products without first being aware precisely what it is you’re working with could be very dangerous to say the least.

2 – Avoid Assumptions

In a similar vein, it’s essential to make sure that no assumptions are made regarding to how and when the adhesive product in question can be used. There is no such thing as one-size-fits-all adhesive – the very reason why custom adhesives are produced and ordered in the first place. Therefore, it simply does not matter if logic seems to tell you that the product you have should theoretically work fine with a different material – if it is not its intended material and purpose, it is to be avoided completely.

3 – Use PPE if Needed

Speaking of risks, it is usually not until you find yourself with a rather dangerous amount of highly hazardous adhesive in one of your eyes that you really begin to understand the importance of PPE. It is the same story in basically every industry area these days, where personal protective equipment is overlooked as the kind of thing you will probably never need, hence there is no point in bothering with it. Sadly, thousands of workers every year find out the hard way that they very much did require PPE. Worse still, the basic fact that they didn’t follow the instructions places every bit of the responsibility and the blame at their own door.

4 – Never Mix Adhesive Products

A crucially important rule that is valid for a huge variety of substances, mixing adhesive products together is a terrible idea. As you personally have no idea how the ingredients of one product will react when mixed with another, you are simply playing with fire. Industrial adhesive products are produced to be as safe as possible these days, but the simple truth is that the moment you mix two or more together, you create a brand new substance which could be highly dangerous.

5 – Follow Removal Instructions

Last but not least, there will often be minor hiccups around the workplace which means it’s largely inevitable that at some point a little bit of adhesive will end up in a place it was not supposed to be. That doesn’t need to be the end of the world as in the case of high-quality adhesive products, there are various ways they can be safely removed. Nonetheless, it is crucial not to simply make assumptions and to invent your own strategy for removing an adhesive, but to follow the removal instructions to the letter. Fail to do so and you risk not only a personal injury but also making the whole “sticky” situation even worse.




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