Cleaning Solvents

Hazards Identified
Fire, explosion, toxicity, chemical burns

Hazard-Specific Personal Protective Equipment
Fire shield, safety glasses or goggles, chemically resistant gloves and clothing, and respiratory protection as identified on MSDS

Hazard-Specific Training
Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)

Safe Work Practice

  • A First Aid Kit and Eye Wash must be on site.
  • If the solvent is flammable, a fire extinguisher must be present.
  • All employees using the solvent, or in the vicinity of the solvent, must be trained in the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS), including specific workplace training for that solvent.
  • Before using the solvent, read the label and MSDS.  Note all hazards identified on the MSDS and observe all precautions as directed by the MSDS.
  • Whenever possible, purchase and use a solvent which is less flammable and less toxic.
  • When a flammable solvent must be used, make sure that there are no sources of ignition in the area.
  • Provide adequate ventilation where the solvent is used.  Where necessary, wear approved respiratory protection as indicated by the MSDS.
  • Where necessary, wear eye protection, gloves, aprons or clothing as indicated by the MSDS.
  • Use proper containers for transportation, field use and storage.
  • When finished, return solvents to storage or waste containers.  Never leave in open tubs or tanks.
  • Store flammable and toxic solvents in appropriate containers in designated storage areas.

Regulations, Standards and References
Occupational Safety General Regulations

Goals of the FSSNS

  • Save lives and reduce injuries.
  • Reduce all costs associated with work place accidents.
  • Improve profits.
  • Maintain compliance with regulatory bodies.
  • Manage and establish ownership of industry managed loss control programs.
  • Reduce Workers' Compensation rates.
The Forestry Safety Society of Nova Scotia is registered under the Societies Act of Nova Scotia. It is a separate entity, having a Memorandum of Association and By-Laws. The Society is governed by a Board of Directors, representing all sectors of the forest industry.