These days, every industry talks about how they can become more environmentally friendly. But going green isn’t just a buzzword. Implementing green practices into businesses such as industrial or precision cleaning is good for your workers, for your company image, and for the water, soil, and air that the next generation will inherit. These are all great motivators, but what is often not taken into account is that going green can also improve productivity and lower overhead. In addition to helping make a better world, it just makes good business sense.
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.
With the advent of high-speed Internet and tools that make remote connections as easy as possible, many companies have been able to recruit their best talent scattered geographically far and wide. Yet managing remote teams still proves to be a challenge requiring forethought and planning. Without strategies in place unique to remote teams, managers may find that their team becomes relationally disconnected and therefore less productive as it functions with impaired synergy. The following tips can help keep remote teams connected and functioning as a cohesive team: [Read more…]
Whether it’s an earthquake, fire, flood or any other natural disaster, there’s always something you’re desperate to salvage from the remains. Disasters turn our lives upside down and recovering that one simple thing that was essential to our operations, or so important to us on a personal level, can give us something to hold onto, some hope that there’s still a way to move forward.
These items, when recovered, are often greatly soiled, whether with ash, grime, dirt, grease, muck or any other sort of contaminant. Getting them clean on your own can consume many hours of backbreaking work and even then they might not look like you remember them. There is, however, a means by which you can get your important personal items looking like new, and that’s ultrasonic cleaning. [Read more…]