PVC cement (glue) and primer is used to soften pipes and weld pieces of plumbing together. Polyvinyl chloride secures pieces of pipe quickly in a process called solvent welding. First the primer is applied and then the cement to join the pipes. Although the glue dries quickly and forms a strong bond, it can be hazardous to your health if it comes in contact with skin or is inhaled.
PVC glue or cement can and will cause damage to your lungs if inhaled too often. When using this glue, do not directly inhale. Ways to help keep PVC glue away from your face include wearing a mask when dealing with this material. One can also keep cans and containers in a specific location labeled to remind the one using it that it is not to be taken lightly.
Another danger that PVC glue has a reputation of is eye contact. According to ”eHow, the Hazards of PVC glue and Primer,” if this material comes in contact with your eyes it can cause burning, stinging, severe watering and inflamed conjunctiva (http://www.ehow.com/list_7635699_hazards-pvc-glue-primer.html). To prevent eye contact with this glue or cement, wear eye goggles when working with PVC materials to avoid injury to the eyes. If somehow you have contact with the glue, rinse your eyes for five minutes (or longer, if necessary) with a constant stream of water. According to OSHA.gov, a company must have an eye wash station for situations such as this. Providing a wash station will ensure the best possible treatment for any PVC glue contact. When a wash station is not available, like at a job site, use bottles of water continuously for at least five minutes. (https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=INTERPRETATIONS&p_id=24886 ).
Learning how to safely use PVC glue or cement is key to a safe installation and work environment. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQF_XDISuSw is a link to a video that shows how to properly use PVC glue.