Solvents are often used with paints, lacquers, varnishes, adhesives, thinners, degreasers, cleaners, glues, and mastics. You can be exposed—and overexposed—to solvents in various ways.
1. Absorption—the solvent penetrates your skin. This could be through direct contact with your skin while you clean tools.
2. Inhalation—you can breathe in solvent vapours when you are applying sealants, glue, and paint, or cleaning your tools.
3. Ingestion—this means swallowing. You can ingest solvents from your hands while you eat, drink, or smoke.
4. Injection—this can happen when your skin is punctured by a high-pressure spray gun.