Chlorinated Solvents Health Effects: Understanding Risks and Precautions  

Chlorinated solvents or organochlorines are organic solvents bonded with chlorine atoms. They are generally utilized as raw materials in product production and act as intermediates in synthesis or byproducts. Two organochlorines you might recognize are carbon tetrachloride and methylene chloride. However, these solvents come with various health risks to consider before utilizing them. This blog will discuss various health risks of organochlorines and some general safety precautions you should take.  

Health Risks of Utilizing Chlorinated Solvents in Products and Production  

Like many chemicals, organic solvents that contain chlorine are associated with numerous negative health effects. Several chlorinated solvents health effects include:  

  • Kidney/liver damage  
  • Damage to the central nervous system  
  • Reproductive harm  
  • Dizziness  
  • Fatigue  
  • Irritated skin/eyes  

Please remember that different chlorinated chemicals might come with unique possible health risks; it is recommended that you check out each product individually.  

Some Safety Precautions  

When using organochlorines, multiple safety precautions should be taken into consideration.   

First, make sure to wear the correct personal protective equipment (PPE) when handling the chemicals. Each solvent you use will require slightly different PPE, but chemical and flame-resistant lab coats, eyewear, and gloves are essential.   

Please note that certain solvents will penetrate latex and nitrile gloves.   

Reading the Safety Data Sheets that are typically provided with the chemicals will assist you in choosing strong enough PPE for the solvent you are working with.   

Another safety precaution you should be concerned about is appropriately handling and storing the chemicals. Safety Data Sheets also prove useful in this aspect as well, as Section 7 of the document lists chemical handling and storage precautions.  

Interested in Learning More Information About Chlorinated Solvents?  

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