Solvents used in industrial applications such as paint stripping and precision cleaning used to be considered the cutting edge of cleaning technology. Now, however, there is a growing and well-founded concern about the effect of solvents on human health and work environments. [Read more…]
Millions of workers are exposed to toxic solvents on a daily basis. Cleaning in an industrial environment almost always includes using some type of solvent to remove dirt, mold release, grease or grime, but did you know that many health hazards are associated with solvent exposure?
Generally speaking, inhaling or touching any type of solvent can pose potentially dangerous health concerns and should be avoided. Many workers are unaware of the potential hazards in their work environment, which makes them even more vulnerable to long term health issues. Employers are responsible for informing employees of the hazards and the identities of workplace chemicals to which they are exposed and providing the proper protective handling equipment.
Certain solvents that are inhaled can adversely affect the respiratory tract and central nervous system. Every solvent has the ability to cause dermatitis by dissolving the oils that protect your skin and drying/chapping it. Skin irritation is the most common side effect. In fact, if you do have to use a solvent in your industry, we recommend a citrus-based one, as it is not as harmful to your skin.
If for no other reason than the health of their employees, many companies are turning to ultrasonic cleaning with water based detergents and eliminating the use of toxic solvents. What they are also discovering, in addition, is that in industrial settings where heavy duty cleaning is warranted, ultrasound cleans more precisely, even better, than solvents!
If you have had success with solvents but are weary of the health effects it may cause you and your employees, try using, an Omegasonics, Ultrasonic “Water-Based” Soaps. These water-based soaps by themselves are often not as effective as industrial based solvents, however, when they are combined with the powerful mechanical agitation of ultrasonic cavitation, they will easily outperform solvents and hand scrubbing. Ultrasonic soaps are especially unique because they are specially designated for almost all types of cleaning applications. With ultrasonic cleaning, we can all breathe a little easier… on several different levels!
Wondering which soap(s) can meet your organizations’ needs? Take a look at How To Pick A Soap!
When choosing or designing an ultrasonic cleaning system, there are certain considerations to keep in mind. These range from the types and size of objects to be cleaned to the particular type of contaminant that needs to be removed. This customization for your ultrasonic cleaner help determine everything from tank size to transducer frequency, as well as other ultrasonic cleaner design details.
Finding the right detergent is vital to your industrial or precision cleaning operation. The right ultrasonic cleaning detergents should clean dirt and grime adequately without damaging the object being cleaned.
Why Use Ultrasonic Cleaning Detergents?
Chemically speaking, a detergent is a surfactant, a chemical compound that lowers the surface tension of a liquid when dissolved within it. This decreases the hold that grime and dirt have on objects, as well as increasing the power of ultrasonic waves. Surfactants also make ultrasonic cavitation more effective, increasing ultrasonic cleaning power even more. [Read more…]
Ultrasonic cleaning provides a more efficient, cost-saving and thorough way of cleaning industrial and precision parts of all types of objects. It’s done through the use of ultrasonic cleaning units, which generally consist of a few basic parts: a tank, a generator, and transducers, plus other components that make the whole thing run smoothly. [Read more…]