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SAFETY & HANDLING OF UV/EB CURING MATERIALS

UV/EB-curing materials are generally less hazardous than solvents in the work environment.  Recent studies have found that earlier concerns about acrylate toxicity were overstated.  UV/EB-curing materials have low systemic toxicity, and acrylates as a class have been shown not to be carcinogenic via dermal and oral exposure.  Good industrial hygiene practices, knowledge of safe handling procedures and worker training are essential for safe handling of any chemical. When these principles are followed, experience has shown that UV/EB-curing technology can be handled safely in widely varying industrial applications.?This paper discusses the physical and chemical hazards of UV/EB technology, provides data on raw material toxicity, and describes the engineering controls and industrial hygiene practices which have been developed to assure workplace safety.

ADVANTAGES OF UV/EB FOR A SAFE WORK ENVIRONMENT

UV and EB curing processes have many well-documented advantages for product performance, high productivity and reduced emissions to the environment and have been in commercial use for over 50 years. Like any other industrial technology, safe use of UV/EB curing requires an understanding of the potential hazards, training and adherence to good safety and hygiene practices.  This document is designed to help users and converters of UV/EB raw materials and formulated products to recognize and manage UV/EB inks, coatings and adhesives.

UV & EB EQUIPMENT SAFETY TOPICS

RadTech compiled this document as a concise overview to aid users, designers, and operators in the safe use of industrial UV (Ultraviolet) and EB (Electron Beam) curing equipment.  The topics are not covered in detail, but only as limited guidance or "checklist" that must be used in conjunction with adequate training and education, which would include further, detailed explanations in published materials and manufacturer's documentation.

GUIDANCE ON CLEANUP & DISPOSAL OF UV/EB CURING WASTE MATERIALS

Compliance with government and agency guidelines and regulations helps to protect the environment from unnecessary releases and is required to avoid fines, penalties or other legal action.  Use of proper PPE and recommended guidelines for waste handling and disposal minimizes exposure risks to workers and the community.  RadTech compiled GUIDANCE ON CLEAN UP AND DISPOSAL OF UV/EB CURING WASTE MATERIALS to help users and converters of UV/EB raw materials and formulated products ensure that proper waste clean up and disposal considerations are taken into account.  This guidance document summarizes the potential sources of wastes that can be generated over the entire life cycle for manufacture and use of UV/EB curing coatings and adhesives, including the production of raw materials (resins, monomers, additives), and formulating and converting UV/EB curing materials into finished products and includes typical guidelines for industrial waste handling and disposal practices and references to applicable regulations.


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