Solvents in industry

Some solvents commonly used in industry are:

  • Acetone – industrial coating
  • Trichloro ethylene – degreasing
  • Toluene – industrial coating/manufacturing
  • Methylene chloride – paint removal
  • Methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) – printing ink
  • Perchloro ethylene – dry cleaning
  • White spirit – paints, printing ink
  • Benzene – varnishes, paints, adhesives

Workers in the following industries may be particularly at risk:

  • Cleaning
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Spray Painting
  • Painting
  • Chemical Manufacturing
  • Plastics
  • Printing
  • Footwear

For more information on the individual solvents used in your industry some suggested websites to visit are: (and search for your particular solvent or carcinogen)
11th Report on Carcinogens
American Cancer Society Known and Probable Carcinogens
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