Composite Process Hazard Prevention

Traditional plastic production frequently involves the use of lead as a stabilizer. Employees who produce plastics are therefore subject to lead exposure hazards.

Modern plastics production known as compositing often involves the use of a resin, which presents its own significant safety hazards. Advanced composites are a type of composite whose manufacture involves the combination of a resin, a hardening or curing agent (which cures the resin to a hard plastic), and a reinforcing fiber. Typically, heat and pressure are used to shape and cure the mixture of these substances into a finished part, with the resin acting to hold the fibers together and protect them. 

Thermosets, which are a type of advanced composite, contain resin systems that include epoxies, phenolics, polyurethanes, and polyimides.  Exposure to the resins used in thermoset advanced compositing can cause skin damage, respiratory damage, and irritation of the eyes, ears, and throat.  

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