A sensitizer is defined by OSHA as “a chemical that causes a substantial proportion of exposed people or animals to develop an allergic reaction in normal tissue after repeated exposure to the chemical.”
Two Health Problems Caused by Sensitizers:
- Skin sensitization – Skin sensitizers can cause an allergic reaction including redness, a rash, itching, swelling or blisters at the point of contact or elsewhere in the body.
- Respiratory sensitization – Respiratory sensitizers can at first cause symptoms similar to a cold or mild hay fever. However, severe asthmatic symptoms can develop in sensitized workers including wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing and/or coughing. A severe attack can cause death.
One should generally try to avoid sensitizers. Nevertheless, during a windshield repair or headlight restoration, technicians don’t have a choice. You should always remember to use personal protective equipment such as nitrile gloves and a respirator mask when using sensitizers.
Before Working with Sensitizing Materials:
- Technicians should understand all of the hazards associated with windshield repair and headlight restoration.
- Technicians should refer to the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for information on hazards, and for precautions to follow for sensitizers they are using.
- Technicians should be aware of the typical symptoms of an allergic reaction, and they should know the appropriate first aid procedures.
- Report any signs of illness to your physician and/or supervisor.
- Prevent unnecessary exposure to sensitizers by always utilizing appropriate personal protective equipment.
- Only use small quantities of sensitizers in well-ventilated areas.
- Always remove any contaminated clothing and wash your hands thoroughly after handling a sensitizer.
Delta Kits has an impeccable safety record and continually strives to provide the safest products in the industry.