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!
How Do I Clean Blinds with Ultrasonic Cleaners?
Residential and commercial blind cleaning can be a difficult job, especially when dealing with the various hard window covering materials available in today’s market, such as metal, plastic and faux wood. Ultrasonic cleaning technology is recognized by the industry to be the fastest and most effective method of cleaning available. It is recommended by several blind manufacturers when it comes to their own products and styles, including vertical blinds, pleated and honeycomb shades, silhouettes, luminettes, woven woods and traditional venetian blinds.
In a previous article, we discussed the different types of contaminants that can be removed by various ultrasonic cleaning solutions. In this article, we’ll talk about the different types of materials that can be cleaned using these same solutions in our ultrasonic cleaners, and why choosing one over another may better suit our needs.
Just as with contaminants, there may be more than one type of ultrasonic cleaning solution that may work with a particular material; final selection then will be based on the type of contaminant to be removed, as well as the relative speed or aggression with which we’d like the article cleaned. Even the finish of the part may affect our decision.
During the last quarter of 2017, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was passed into law–the first major piece of tax reform legislation since the Reagan era. As with taxes in general, thinking about the tax code and accompanying legislation can feel overwhelming. However, since it will affect you and your business, you need to know what some of these changes are and how they can impact your bottom line.
First: the new tax reform bill won’t impact your 2017 taxes. File those as usual–you won’t see any of the below changes until you file your 2018 taxes. However, it’s a good idea to consult with a tax professional to decide what changes you need to be making now, if any, in order to prepare yourself for filing your 2018 taxes.