within a woodshop or manufacturing
facility. Red glues emit vapors that are
highly flammable and could impair or
sicken those who breathe in the vapors.
Woodshop workers use a considerable amount of glue, particularly red
glue, which most workers favor because
it really sticks. It is so strong, it is often
used to secure laminate countertops.
The vapors, which are heavier than air,
sink to the floor where they accumulate and can easily find an ignition
source, like a hot water heater, electrical outlet or furnace with an open
flame and cause an explosion.
To mitigate this exposure, woodworkers should use water-based glues
(commonly referred to as yellow glue)
over red glue where possible and they
should not use red glue while in a confined space but in an approved booth
protected by a fire suppression or
automatic sprinkler system. An exhaust
fan should also be used to pull the
dangerous vapors from the room. Even
in storage, red glue poses a risk to the
facility, so large drums of glue should
be stored outside the building in an
approved flammable liquids storage
room as per the NFPA 30 Flammable
and Combustible Liquids Code.
Keep It Tidy
The best way to reduce these risks is
to be attentive and neat. Keep up with
housekeeping and perform quality
control checks to make sure the space
is properly cleaned and maintained.
Regular facility checks are also critical to make sure flammable items are
not left to pile up, and to make sure
that chemicals and solvents are being
closed and stored properly at the end
of each work day.
The risks to these facilities are
real, but with proper checks in place,
woodshops and larger woodworking facilities can be sure they are doing their
best to keep their facilities safe for
their employees and protected from an
extensive fire that could prove costly or
terminal for their business. ;
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