A Guide to Safe Practice in Art & Design

7.11   Adhesives and Fixatives

7.11.1    Irritants
7.11.2    'Super Glues's
7.11.3    Petroleum-Based Adhesives
7.11.4    Addictive Habits
 

7.11.1    Irritants

Some forms of adhesives, such as epoxy resins, can be irritants. Sensible precautions must be taken to avoid skin contact. If it is considered necessary to use contact adhesives that give off heavy, toxic or flammable vapours, good ventilation is essential. Aerosol-propelled fixatives and adhesives should only be used in controlled conditions with adequate ventilation (see section 5.2.3).

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7.11.2    'Super Glues'

Children should not use these cyanocyrlate-based adhesives, which can instantly bond body tissues.

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7.11.3    Petroleum-Based Adhesives

These must be properly stored (see sections 4.7 and 5.2.7).

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7.11.4    Addictive Habits

Teachers should be aware of the addictive and dangerous habits that can arise from sniffing some adhesives and fixatives.

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