Working Healthy and Working Healthy - Solvents

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Sold as a set of two, "Working Healthy" and "Working Healthy, Solvents", by James Allen, MD, belong with every A&P student, mechanic, technician, and aircraft builder. Or at least, with every repair station library, and with every training and repair station manager.

Working Healthy is a manual on health and safety techniques written by an aviation medical examiner specifically for the aviation technician. Learn how to protect yourself from the many risks and long term health issues common in an aviation facility. Learn to advise and protect your most valuable assets (your employees and students), and in doing so reduce absenteeism, job delays, and your company's Workman's Compensation premiums. Just one prevented minor injury will pay for this book 100 times over.

Dozens of common health risks including lifting, toxic metals and chemicals, ear and eye protection, heat and cold exposure, tool handling, to the ergonomics of a simple oil change are covered in depth but written and illustrated to be clearly understandable without medical experience.

Learn about, or how to:

  • properly fit an ear plug and a respirator.
  • select tools that match your hand and the job.
  • skin protection
  • avoid toxic fumes from the dozens of sources around every aviation facility.
  • biological issues including around lavatories and bird droppings.
  • recognize if a liquid or solid substance will make you sick.
  • protect yourself from repetitive motion injuries.


Each of these issues and many others are discussed, including their causes, recognition of danger signs, recommended methods of performing the job, methods of prevention and what to do if a situation or symptoms occur.

Paperback, 322 pages, size 11.0" x 8.5"

Working Healthy, Solvents

If you use solvents to degrease parts, set up plastics or formulate paint; then you need information to use these products safely. Don’t guess about the medical consequences from solvents, learn how to recognize and prevent them.

Working Healthy, Solvents discusses the medical effects of solvents; but more importantly, it explains how to prevent these effects. When taken into the body, the same solvents used in industry will de-fat the skin, irritate the mucus membranes and dissolve nerves. Watery eyes, cracked skin and a cough may be the first indication of solvents’ effect on the body. More serious health effects are possible.

Using examples, Working Healthy, Solvents explains how overexposures in industry caused health effects on workers. These examples, documented in medical literature, illustrate the work techniques that caused needless suffering. Understanding how these medical effects occurred is the first step in their prevention. Since poor work techniques allowed the solvents to enter the body, illustrations and descriptions describe preferred work techniques. Watery eyes, cracked skin and more serious consequences can all be prevented by understanding how solvents work their effects within the body.

Both students and practitioners will appreciate the case studies taken from the aviation industry. Each presents a medical effect that arose with solvent use in a work process. Questions challenge the reader to first focus on the cause of the medical effect, then propose work techniques that would prevent it. This combination of real work experience and medicine allows the reader to appreciate how significant medical effects arose from workplace use of solvents. Solvents are not particular to any one industry. Users of these products in any industry will benefit from the case studies with the message of prevention. The parent text, Working Healthy, presents a complete description of health effects from workplace exposures to solvents, noise, painting, ergonomic hand tools and many more.