Monday, August 16, 2010

What’s wrong with parts washer solvents?

Mineral spirits are a solvent commonly used for part cleaning because of its ability to quickly dissolve oil, grease, dirt, carbon, and heavy lubricants. Although it is effective for cleaning these mineral spirits raise significant environmental and human health concerns:

• Mineral spirits contains volatile organic compounds (VOC) that contribute to smog formation and may be toxic when inhaled.

• Mineral spirits evaporates quickly, making worker exposure difficult to control.

• Spent mineral spirits is a hazardous waste and the shop owner is responsible for proper disposal of all hazardous wastes.

• Some areas of the country have already restricted use of solvents in parts cleaning operations.

Using solvents creates unnecessary environmental, worker health, and fire liabilities for your shop. Minimize your costs and liabilities by switching to aqueous cleaning solutions like Renegade Parts Washer Supplies.

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