If you’ll forgive the clearly intentional pun, thousands of people up and down the UK find themselves in sticky situations each and every day while making use of custom-made adhesive products. They find a great 3M Tape Supplier to work with and obtain the products they require, though then fall foul of one of several common mistakes. Suffice to say, the severity of the consequences can vary quite significantly, but in any and all cases could easily have been avoided entirely.
The trouble is, no responsible adult wants to be told by anyone else how they should and should not be utilising adhesive products, in accordance with basic health and safety. But at the same time, annual accidents in the workplace statistics paint a picture of a working culture where common sense precautions are often overlooked or ignored, in many cases with quite unfortunate consequences.
So while it may all seem a little rudimentary, what follows is a quick rundown of the most important health and safety tips for those working with or handling custom adhesive products in the workplace:
1 – Read the Instructions
First and foremost, it is important to acknowledge the fact that given that this is a custom adhesive product, it may be entirely unique and unlike any adhesive you have come across before. Even the slightest variation in the product’s formulation can make a huge difference to its stability, how it should be used, compatibility with materials and so on. The simple fact of the matter is that if you follow the instructions to the letter, you will come to no harm. By contrast, if you make assumptions and end up doing something specifically laid out as inadvisable in the instructions, you only have yourself to blame when things go wrong.
2 – Safe Storage
There are several very simple yet important rules to follow when it comes to safe storage of custom adhesive products. The first rule is once again to read the instructions – here you’ll find out exactly how it should be stored. Secondly, any products or substances whatsoever that are remotely harmful or dangerous should never be stored above eye level. This ensures that should there be any spillages or drips during their retrieval, they will not harm the eyes or face of those retrieving them. Other than this, it’s critically important to only ever store custom adhesive products in the containers in which they were supplied with clear and prominent labeling. So many accidents in the workplace are caused by products having been transferred to different containers and mistakenly used for the wrong purposes.
3 – Personal Protective Equipment
It should be acknowledged that in instances where it is recommended that personal protective equipment be used, these recommendations are provided for one reason and one reason only – your health and safety. The vast majority of people occasionally fall into the ‘It will never happen to me’ trap, assuming that since they’ve never come close to harm, they don’t really need PPE. Unfortunately, it takes only one freak splash, drip, spark or spillage to trigger what could be a potentially catastrophic string of consequences. Where PPE is recommended, this should be interpreted as a mandatory instruction.
4 – Product Quality and Expiration
It is usually pretty obvious when and where any given custom adhesive product is no longer fit for use. If it has passed its expiration date, has changed in consistency or has in any way been compromised, to continue using it represents a risk in its own right. There may be instances in which slight discolouration or changes in the viscosity of the adhesive may be of little consequence, but it’s always advisable to seek advice, rather than making assumptions.
5 – Mixing Products
Last but not least, one of the most dangerous (and surprisingly common) habits of all when it comes to adhesive health and safety is mixing two or more products together. The problem is that unless you fully understand each and every element that has gone into the composition of each product and how these elements will react with one another when mixed, you are taking an enormous risk by mixing them together. From compromising the quality of the products to releasing toxic gases to creating a severe fire risk and more, it is imperative that no two chemicals of any type ever be mixed together without full authorisation/guidance from the professionals. Even if it appears to be a completely harmless combination, the truth could be quite to the contrary.