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Save Money Using our Chemical Management Services

chemical management servicesIf you happen to be unfamiliar with chemical management services, here is a look into its business model to see if your industrial business can take advantage of its benefits.

Chemical Management Services

Chemical management services enable a customer to purchase chemical services and all aspects of the chemical management lifecycle, rather than just chemical itself. Chemical management services involves procurement, delivery and distribution, creating, logging, and maintaining inventory, monitoring and reporting related issues or problems, training employees on how to properly handle and use the chemical agent, as well as technology, treatment, and disposal information needed to maximize efficiency improvements. Under the guidelines of chemical management services, the chemical agent provider is compensated based on the quality of services provided that reduce the costs, risks, and environmental impacts during the entire lifecycle of the chemical offered, and not on the volume or quantity of chemical sold. The main and most purposeful effect chemical management services has is it places the same objective on both the service provider and the customer, and that is to work towards reducing chemical use and cost in order to achieve benefits that can be obtained through reducing chemical use, cost, and waste.

Save Money by Cutting Chemical Usage

One of the most serviceable benefits of implementing chemical management is the money savings. For examples, the cost of chemical management ranges can be upwards of three dollars for every dollar of chemical purchased. So, a facility purchasing a million dollars in chemicals could spend as much as an additional three million just to manage its use. The large cost is due to the expenses incurred as a direct result of using chemicals. Those expenses include compliance, safety, disposal, and space needed to incorporate the service, among other aspects. Chemical management services have proven to reduce all of the costs named above. In addition, chemical management services help manufacturers prioritize chemical management activities. For most manufacturing companies, chemical management is not considered part of the core business, therefore, imposing management criteria is not often a priority until some aspect of the service goes awry. As a result, the managing of chemicals by an industrial business utilizing chemical services is not performed as efficiently as other manufacturing activities. Fortunately, the implementation of chemical management services directly combats and eradicates this problem.

Eco Friendly Solutions

On the environmental front, chemical management services reduce hazardous chemical use, emissions, waste, the number of accidents on site, and liability. Chemical management services also drastically improve employee safety, it creates additional floor space for manufacturing, and it increases staff productivity by eliminating chemical management tasks from their duties, making its implementation a wonderful eco friendly solution for industrial businesses. Contacting Ecolink  – a green alternative solutions provider for industrial companies – will provide more information about the eco friendly benefits that come from using chemical management services.

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Safety Recommendations for Solvent Based Cleaners

Solvent based cleaners are solutions whose base is primarily comprised of chemicals, which are largely responsible for delivering the cleaning power of the solutions. Some solvent based cleaners are safer for humans and the environment than others. However, even when a solvent cleaner is considered safer to use than some of its toxic counterparts, in order to be considered truly safe for use, it must often be administered within the context of the safety measures below.

Special Ventilation System

Solvents that emit airborne particles that could cause respiratory distress, upset stomach, dizziness, or other troublesome, acute health conditions should be administered in an environment with a special ventilation system that is designed to efficiently pull the particles from the air instead of letting them hang around and precipitate acute health problems.

Tightly Sealed Cleaner Containers

When solvent based cleaners are not in use, they can still emit vapors that cause acute health issues such as the ones mentioned above, though usually not with the same intensity as open containers from which liquid is dispensed. Tightly sealed containers also help preserve solvent that has a high evaporation rate, as well as prevent accidental spills in the work environment

Personal Protective Equipment

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is exactly what it sounds like: attire that workers wear to prevent exposure to conditions in the work environment that could cause serious harm, including powerful chemicals that could create a wide array of acute and chronic health conditions. For help selecting PPE, consult this “Selecting PPE” resource from OSHA.

Elimination of Ignition Sources

From open flames in metallurgical heat treating environments to sparks in work areas where welding is performed, there are numerous types of ignition sources that could potentially ignite solvent based cleaners that have a medium to low flash point. When these types of cleaners must be applied, ignition sources should be eliminated before the solvents are administered.

Chemical Waste Disposal System

When solvent based cleaners contain ingredients that could negatively impact workers and the environment, they should be administered in work areas that contain a chemical waste disposal systems that quickly secure the ingredients and store them under safe conditions until in-house or third party waste disposal specialists can safely remove them from the waste trap.

Need Safer Solvent Based Cleaners?

In terms of safety, solvent based cleaners range from being highly toxic to humans and the environment to having a commendable safety profile regarding these considerations. Ecolink specializes in supplying the latter type of solvent cleaners. Whether your organization uses a solvent cleaner whose ingredients the EPA is scheduled to regulate, or you simply want a safer cleaner for the sake of your workers and the environment, we can provide the right solution.

Call us today at (800) 563-1305 for assistance determining whether one of our readymade cleaners or a custom cleaning solution is the best option for your needs. Let us provide you with a safer solution that benefits the health of your workers and helps to protect the environment!

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World Water Day – Highly Concentrated Aqueous Cleaners for Industry by Ecolink Inc.

Highly Concentrated Aqueous Cleaners for Industrial Degreasing

Ecolink was founded in 1991 with an environmental mission to replace ozone depleting solvents and other hazardous chemicals. The international observance of World Water Day is an initiative that grew out of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro. We advocate and promote fewer (first) and safer chemicals for industrial use and encourage all of our employees, suppliers, customers and extended community to make mindful consumer choices that ensure a smaller water footprint, thereby protecting water supplies in other countries. To learn more about World Water Day, visit http://www.worldwaterday.org/.

At Ecolink Inc. we offer a portfolio of highly concentrated aqueous cleaners. We designed our products to work effectively at very high dilution ratios, which reduces solid waste through decreased packaging + reduces transportation and disposal costs. We welcome the opportunity to discuss your critical cleaning requirements for replacing existing aqueous cleaners or converting from solvent-based cleaners and degreasers. 800-563-1305 or info@ecolink.com We are chemist-owned and operated and have more than 30 years of aqueous cleaner formulating experience.



Product Application Benefits Flash Point VOC
BULLDOG Maximum Effectiveness Degreaser Spray & wipe dip immersion

pressure washing

aqueous parts washers

  • Extremely aggressive
  • Super concentrated
  • Dilute up to 100:1
None 105 gm/l
DARACLEAN Aqueous Cleaners Multi-line high-tech, engineered aqueous cleaners None Contact Ecolink for information on specific Daraclean products
800 886-8240info@ecolink.com
HEAVYWEIGHT Non-Butyl Industrial Detergent Spray & wipe dip, immersion

pressure washing

steam cleaning

  • Rust inhibited to protect ferrous metal
  • Aggressive on wide range of soils
  • Non toxic
  • Dilute up to 60:1
None 73 gm/l
PINNACLE Neutral pH Degreaser Pressure washing Automatic floor scrubbers

Spray & wipe

  • Dilutes effectively up to 60:1
  • Completely VOC compliant
  • Safe on most substrates
  • Non toxic
None 2 gm/l
RIP-TIDE Aqueous Solvent Dip, immersion Pressure washing

Tank cleaning

Water based paint cleanup

  • Plastic safe
  • Low odor
  • Non toxic
  • Dilute up to 30:1
183° F
(TCC)
51 gm/l
S-34 NG Cleaner – Nuclear Grade Spray & wipe Dip, immersion

Aqueous parts washers

  • Meets VOC requirements
  • Aggressive on a wide range of soils
  • Dilute up to 60:1

 

None to Boil 25 gm/l

 

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Selecting a Solvent Based Cleaner: Key Considerations

Unlike a water based cleaner that contains water as the main ingredient, a solvent based cleaner features one or more chemicals as the main ingredient. Water based cleaners can be just as effective at removing tough accumulations as solvent based cleaners. However, there are some situations in which the latter are more efficacious for certain cleaning operations.

If you need a solvent based cleaner, it’s important to make some key considerations before you place an order. When you choose a solvent cleaner based on the considerations below, you increase the chance that the product will be a long-term solution for your needs and avoid requiring replacement due to safety problems, performance issues, or budgetary concerns.

  1. Chemical Profile

The chemicals a solvent based cleaner contains impact more than its cleaning power; they also affect the health of those who work in close contact with cleaner. Particularly important is to select a cleaner that emits no EPA listed hazardous air pollutants (HAPs), as these, toxic substances are well-known to cause several types of acute and chronic health problems in workers.

  1. Range of Application

Some solvent based cleaners are generals cleaners, while others are designed for cleaning a specific substance or a family of substances (e.g. chromium alloys). Using a general cleaner for all cleaning is the most economical choice in terms of solvent cost. However, if you have substances that a general cleaner isn’t designed to clean, using a cleaner that’s designed for them can be the most economical option in terms of preventing rework and productivity lags.

  1. Flammability

The flammability of the cleaner, as determined by its flashpoint, has a significant impact on how the product can be used and stored. In most cases, solutions that have a high flashpoint or no flashpoint are a better option than ones that have a low flashpoint. Cleaners that have a low-hazard flammability profile are easier to store and apply without creating a fire hazard.

  1. Supply Cost

On average, how much would it cost to use the cleaner on a monthly basis? This is a question that should be answered at the outset of choosing solvent based cleaners. Otherwise, you could arrive at a point where you must replace the product with a less expensive one — a process that could temporarily disrupt cleaning processes and compromise productivity.

When determining the cost of supplying the product, be sure to consider whether the product’s active ingredients can be recycled and reused, as well as exactly how much of the product will be used based via the method of application (e.g. spray cleaning, tank cleaning, aerosol, etc.).

Need New Solvent Based Cleaners?

If so, Ecolink will help you choose the right solution for your needs based on the considerations above, as well as considerations that apply to your organization’s unique cleaning needs. In addition to supplying stock solvent based cleaners that are ready for immediate shipment, we also supply cleaners whose custom formulation is designed for the user’s unique requirements.
We specialize in supplying powerful, eco friendly, industrial cleaning solutions that are competitively priced. To get started on receiving new solvent based cleaners, call us today at (800) 563-1305, or use the contact page on our website. We look forward to hearing from you!

Sanitizing Food Preparation Surfaces with Sanitizers

Prepping Surfaces for Food Preparation

With the constant news stories of food-borne illness rising each and every year, there is a need for more effective cleaning and sanitation procedures and materials in the food manufacturing industry. To ensure the lowest possible chance of illness resulting from unclean surfaces, detergent-based cleaners are not potent enough to remove pathogens. In a study performed by J Barker, results showed that detergents failed to decontaminate tested surfaces in all but one trial. Consequently, when developing a surface preparation procedure, it is critical to use a detergent-based cleaner and a sanitizer once the cleaner has been used to ensure the lowest chance of organic food contamination!

Disinfectants vs Sanitizers

Similarities

  • Designed to kill microorganisms
  • Regulated by US EPA

Differences

  • Sanitizers used on food-contact surfaces & soft surfaces
  • Disinfectants used on hard surfaces
  • Disinfectants used to destroy or irreversibly inactivate the microorganisms listed on their label
  • Sanitizers used at lower concentrations & for shorter periods of time
  • Disinfectants used at high concentrations & for longer times

It is important to remember that sanitizers are used to reduce bacterial count by 99.999% on food preparation surfaces within 30 seconds while disinfectants are used to kill all targeted organisms within 10 minutes. Therefore, utilizing both in a cleaning procedure will allow you to reduce chances of illness as much as possible.

Overview of a General Cleaning and Sanitizing Process for Food Contact Surfaces and Equipment

A usual method for cleaning and sanitizing food contact surfaces and equipment utilizes liquids and is in three steps: clean, rinse, sanitize.

Clean

  • Cleaning agents remove dirt, germs, objects, and impurities from contact surfaces and equipment.
  • For regulatory purposes, the cleaning agent is not required to be organic.
  • All cleaners or detergents used must meet the FDA’s requirements.
  • Cleaners and detergents have been developed to be rinsed off, so a rinse step is needed to prevent the contamination of organic foods from the cleaning agent’s residues.

Rinse

  • Rinsing with potable water will remove the cleaning agents from surfaces and equipment.

Sanitize

  • Sanitizers are used on cleaned surfaces to make certain that the surface is free of pathogenic microbes.
  • In most state and federal food safety protocols, a sanitizing step is required for food contact surfaces.
  • Since sanitizers are designed to leave anti-bacterial residue on food contact surfaces, they aren’t allowed to be in contact with organic food.
    • Consequently, USDA organic regulations permit the use of a few synthetic sanitizers for food surfaces.

Allowed Cleaners, Detergents, and Soaps

The only requirement for cleaners, detergents, and soaps in the food surface cleaning process is that they must be prevented from coming in contact with organic food. Thus, cleaning agents are required to be rinsed from the food contact surface prior to use. The USDA organic regulations do not specifically list any approved cleaners since the guidelines require the removal of any cleaner form food contact surfaces and equipment. Therefore, the proper removal of the cleaner will ensure that no residue will be in contact with organic foods.

Approved Sanitizers

  • Chlorine Materials
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Ozone
  • Peracetic acid/peroxyacetic acid
  • Phosphoric acid
  • Potassium hydroxide
  • Sodium hydroxide

Approved Sanitizers (Requires intervening step to ensure zero contamination

  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Acetic acid
  • Ethyl alcohol
  • Citric products/limonene
  • Potassium permanganate
  • Sulfuric acid
  • Vinegar
  • Quaternary ammonia

How can Ecolink help?

To purchase and find technical support on sanitizers, like isopropyl alcohol, contact us today! We will work with you to find a suitable product for your needs. We also offer samples so that you can determine if our product is right for you! Call us today at 800-563-1305 or check out our shop!