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Glue Gun Safety and Advice
Although hot melt adhesives pose virtually no hazards to health when used in normal industrial practice, because they are used in a molten state at high temperatures there is a small risk of harm.
The use of overalls, protective gloves and safety glasses can help minimise the risk of burns, but in case an accident does happen, we’ve put together some common problems and their solutions so you can be safe at work and home.
|Inhalaled hot melt fumes||Get some fresh air. Inhalation of hot melt fumes shouldn’t cause any problems. Seek medical advice if you suffer from any respiratory problems|
|Hot melt glue in eyes||Irrigate your eyes thoroughly with cold water and seek medical attention immediately|
|Molten hot melt glue on skin||Immediately plunge into cold water and leave until the burning sensation subsides.
If coated with hot melt, move fingers to prevent a tourniquet effect as it cools. Do not attempt to remove adhesive.
|Removing dried hot melt glue from skin||DO NOT remove the adhesive when molten, as it may remove skin and leave a raw wound. Ensuring you have medical approval, olive oil or liquid paraffin should be soaked into a cotton wool pad and placed over the affected area. This will slowly soften the adhesive. When removed treat as a normal burn|
|Ingestion of hot melt glue||If you accidentally swallowed hot melt adhesive obtain immediate medical attention. Keep at rest. Do not induce vomiting. Give large quantities of water but never give anything by mouth to an unconscious person.|
|Storage of hot melt adhesive||Store in a clean dry place at temperatures between 5 and 30c with containers or boxes kept closed. Always use oldest stock first|
|Removing hot melt adhesive from machinery components||Assembled components can be separated by heating the assembly to a temperature slightly above the heat resistance figure. Residues of EVA and polypropylene based hot melt can be removed with white spirit. Residues of polyamide based hot melts can be removed with acetone|
- Before use always inspect the hot glue gun for damage to the casing. In addition, ensure the on/off switch (if equipped) is functioning properly and inspect the electrical cord and plug for fraying or other damage.
- Always wear protective or heat resistant gloves and safety glasses or goggles when using a hot glue gun.
- Run at recommended operating temperature. Vapours given off during normal operation are not toxic. If overheated, however, chemical breakdown of the components may occur, releasing a complex mixture of organic materials, some of which may be toxic.
- Keep the hot glue gun away from flammable materials and use in work areas that are clean and dry.
- Use a wire or metal safety stand to hold the hot glue gun when you are not using it to glue items. Never lay a hot glue gun on its side. There are a number of different stands, each for different glue guns. We currently stock the FFS003 stand, for Hobby and Craft Glue Guns, the MDC009, for Tec 805, 810 and 820 industrial guns, and the PA3096, a heavy duty stand. If you’re not sure which would be best for your gun, ask our team.
- Use a drip mat under the safety stand to catch hot glue drips and prevent damage to the underlying surface.
- NEVER remove the nozzle from a cold applicator as thread damage could result. Remove when warm and always wear protective gloves.
- Always focus on the gluing task. If you need to look away from gluing, stop using the hot glue gun and place it in the safety stand.
- Do not touch the heated nozzle of a hot glue gun.
- Do not tilt a hot glue-gun nozzle upwards or attempt to use a hot glue gun to glue overhead items.
- NEVER withdraw a part melted glue slug / stick through the back of the gun.
- Never leave a plugged in hot glue gun unattended.
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