Solvents are commonly used both in the workplace and at home. They are safe to use when you understand their hazards and know how to protect yourself. Solvents can: * Cause dizziness, nausea, and depression of the central nervous system. * Cause chronic illness such as cancer, liver disease, or nervous system disorders. * Be toxic. * Be flammable. One thing all solvents have in common is that they are used to dissolve some other substance. They can be used as cleaners, degreasers, or as ingredients in paints, coatings, or adhesives. Some examples of common solvents include acetone, alcohol, mineral spirits, and perchloroethylene.