Adhesives can be considered hazardous if they contain ingredients that are toxic, flammable, or otherwise pose a risk to health, safety, or the environment. Common hazardous ingredients found in adhesives include solvents, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and certain resins.
It is important to consult the manufacturer’s safety data sheet (SDS) for specific information on the hazardous properties of a particular adhesive, as well as the necessary precautions and safe handling procedures. The SDS will provide information on the potential health effects of exposure to the adhesive, as well as fire and explosion hazards, environmental hazards, and spill response procedures.
In general, it is recommended to use protective equipment, such as gloves, respirators, and eye protection, when handling adhesives, especially if they contain hazardous ingredients. Adhesives should also be stored and used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and local, state, and federal regulations.