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Hazards of 4 Commonly used Rubber Materials

In an attempt to cut down on business expenses, employers could be exposing the workforce to potentially dangerous working conditions.

Risks Associated with Commonly Used Rubber Materials

Rubber is available in a variety of examples. Poorly manufactured materials or those that skip the necessary quality checking procedures will likely deliver a substandard performance.

Natural Rubber

When a rubber material is promoted as ‘natural’ this does not necessarily mean that is safe to use across every application. Faulty natural rubber, particularly when used as a matting, can be more prone to wear and tear – which may cause accidents in the workplace such as trips and falls.

Best to know the mats’ specifications before making your selection to avoid misuse and possible injury. For quality natural rubber matting, Coruba assures fully tested rubber products that promise high performance where high tensile and abrasion requirements are important.

Styrene Butadiene Rubber (SBR)

Typically used for conveyor belt applications, SBR needs to be reliable as it mainly carries heavy loads. Low quality options will likely crack under pressure - leading to the loss of materials.

The development of premium quality SBR products through process modification help to promote good abrasion resistance and aging stability.

Nitrile Butadiene Rubber (NBR)

A common flaw across NBR products, in the absence of reliable water-resistant properties the material will crack when exposed to the ozone. This can present unfortunate circumstances when you are dependant on O-rings, gaskets and seals that are constantly in contact with extremely hot oil –  the components will break, leading to further damage to the machinery.

Make sure you opt for NBR products with the following features:

  • Excellent ozone resistance
  • High oil resistance
  • Vibration resistance
  • Shock resistant

Ethylene-Propylene-Diene Monomer Rubber (EPDM)

Widely used for seals and gaskets, EPDM rubber is also a popular material for roofing purposes, glass run panels and other industrial materials. Low-quality applications will need frequent replacement and furthermore, they may damage the machine or at the very least lose their sealing capacity – which can affect business operations.

For smooth flowing operations, look out for the following EPDM rubber features:

  • Good ageing and weather resistance
  • Constant chemical resistance
  • High oil and acid resistance
  • High and low temperature tolerance


First-class quality rubber materials at an affordable price are not hard to find. Courba values your safety and we take care of our customers by providing first rate products that are still kind to the pocket. For further information, please call 01702 560194 or send an email at info@coruba.co.uk.

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