Safety & Training Short: Hazards - Solvents
A solvent is a compound that dissolves another material, resulting in a solution. The most common solvent in everyday life is water. In fact, it is referred to as the “universal solvent.” In most workplaces, however, the most common solvents are organic materials such as paint thinners, degreasers, alcohols, and petroleum distillates. These solvents can present significant danger, as they evaporate into the air in confined or poorly ventilated areas.
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