There is chemical risk at all stages in the production of a car:
- Surface treatment chemicals to produce metal component parts and prepare surfaces for anti-corrosion treatments and paints
- Chemical foams and adhesives for interiors, sound-proofing and insulation
- Paints and solvents for surface finishing
- and, more recently, the specific risks around electrolytes in electric and hybrid car batteries.
The move away from steel to aluminium car bodies has also resulted in new production processes - for which the risks around fluorides in acidic media must be considered.
Chemicals of note in this industry:
Nitric Acid, Sulphuric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Ammonium Bifluoride, Battery Electrolytes, Solvents