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What is Toulene

Toulene is a colorless water insoluble liquid. It has many uses. Perhaps the most common application of Toulene is in paint thinner. Indeed, the smell of Toulene will be familiar to most people who have been around the latter.

Toulene is also used in cement, contact glue, and fuel. More recent applications have been found for cleaning products, and a growing number of cleaning professionals have turned to Toulene cleaner to take on their toughest jobs. It must be pointed out that Toulene is essentially a solvent—one of the most potent and effective on the market. This is an invaluable property for cleaning, and professionals who are tasked with sanitizing large offices and industrial sites have learned to take advantage of it.

Toulene is hazardous to human health, and so it should not be consumed or inhaled in anyway. Professionals who use Toulene wear protective gear so as to minimize direct exposure to it.

In moderate doses, the compound is perfectly safe to use as nail polish remover. Many women have put it to use for that exact purpose and have done so with great success.

Understanding how to handle and control Toulene is the key to using it in a safe and successful manner. For more information contact us online, or call us today! 800-563-1305

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!

 

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Why Switching From TCE is in Your Company’s Best Interest

The chemical Trichloroethylene (TCE) plays a role in the production of various products, from industrial degreasers to pepper spray used for self-defense. As for the latter application, TCE is even better than advertised.

In addition to helping pepper spray irritate eyes and skin, TCE also delivers a toxic shot of carcinogenicity to the unfortunate person who receives the spray. But would-be assailants aren’t the only ones whose health TCE jeopardizes. People exposed to the chemical in the workplace are also affected, their risk being the highest due to repeated exposure.

Why TCE Replacement is the Best Response

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) both consider TCE to be a “known” human carcinogen, as opposed to “reasonably anticipated to be” a human carcinogen — a less severe designation the EPA applies to other dangerous chemicals.

Because such designations can have a major impact on the economics of the solvent industry, the EPA doesn’t dole them out them lightly. Once a chemical officially gets a bad rap, it’s because years of anecdotal evidence and scientific research support the conclusion. This brings us to the fact that TCE is indeed dangerous, and that switching from TCE instead of attempting to reduce exposure is the best option.

How to Approach Switching From TCE     

Most companies that use TCE don’t specialize in identifying chemical replacement solutions. So, for most end users, step one is to contact a supplier of eco friendly solvents, such as Ecolink, that can offer guidance for choosing an effective replacement.

Step two is working with the supplier to identify viable replacement solutions in terms of chemical efficacy and workplace safety. For example, we often recommend replacing a TCE-based solvent with FluoSolv CX, which delivers the power of TCE without the well-known health risks of chlorinated solvents.

Step three is testing the prospective replacement solution to see how it performs. The best way to do this is to request a free sample of the solution to use as a drop-in substitute for your TCE solvent. You want to see how well a solution performs before you purchase it. We make it easy by providing free product samples.

Step four is ordering the product after it tests successfully. If the product doesn’t test successfully, this is the time to discuss receiving a custom solvent that’s tailored to your needs. If it turns out that a custom solvent is your best option, we can supply it in bulk or as-needed.

Lookinf for a TCE Equivalent?

If so, going for the switch can save your company headaches in the future, such as settling chemical injury lawsuits, investing in expensive solutions for mitigating TCE exposure, and having to replace a TCE solvent on short notice after TCE becomes more heavily regulated or banned by the EPA.

To get started on switching from TCE, call us today at (800) 563-1305, or send us an email through our contact form. We look forward to helping you select the best TCE replacement for your solvent needs.

 

 

 

 

 

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What are the six Common Air Pollutants?

Among the many different kinds of air pollutants negatively affecting the air all of us breathe, there are six very common, and harmful air pollutants to which we need to pay significant attention. In fact, the Clean Air Act requires the Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, to set National Ambient Air Quality Standards for the six most prevalent, and dangerous, air pollutants. The six commonly found air pollutants, which are also known as “criteria pollutants,” are found all over the United States, which is one of many aspects of why they are so hazardous. The six common air pollutants are:

  • Particle Pollution (particulate matter)
  • Ground-level ozone.
  • Carbon monoxide.
  • Sulfur oxides.
  • Nitrogen oxides.
  • Lead.

These pollutants can have a terrible impact on the health of anyone who is exposed, which means every single person in the entire country. The pollutants can also protract a horrible affectation on the environment, and can cause property damage.

Of the six pollutants named in the previous paragraph, particle pollution and ground-level ozone are the most widespread health threats. The Environmental Protection Agency calls these two pollutants “criteria” air pollutants, because the EPA regulates these prevailing pollutants by creating human health based and/or environmentally based criteria (science-based guidelines) for setting permissible levels. The set of limits deemed permissible for exposure, based on securing optimal human health, is called the primary standard. The name for another set of limits intended to prevent environmental and property damage, which is mostly used for the other for most common air pollutants, as well as other moderately worrisome air pollutants, is known as the secondary standard.

To remain cognizant of the affects of each of these six common air pollutants, the EPA tracks two kinds of air pollution trends. The first trend involves the air concentration, which is based on actual measurements of pollutant concentrations in the ambient, or outside air at selected monitoring sites throughout the country. Hong_kong_haze_comparisonThe second involves the emissions of the air pollutants, which is based on engineering estimates of the total tons of pollutants released into the air each year. Despite the progress made in the last few decades, millions of people continue to live in counties throughout the United States with monitor data showing unhealthy air for one or more of the six common air pollutants. This is alarming for two reasons: the first being that not enough information is in circulation concerning these health hazards, or not enough of it has been made public knowledge. The second concern, which is possibly graver, is that people simply do not concern themselves enough with how potentially devastating these air pollutants can be to themselves, and to the environment.

For the EPA’s most recent evaluation of air pollution trends for these six most common pollutants, you can consult with a professional from Ecolink, who can provide further information.

Transformer Maintenance – Envirotemp FR3 Oil Clean-up

ENVIROTEMP® FR3 FLUID

Envirotemp® FR3 fluid is a Fire Resistant Natural Ester dielectric coolant specifically formulated for use in distribution and power transformers where its unique environmental, fire safety, chemical, and electrical properties are advantageous. Envirotemp FR3 fluid is formulated from edible vegetable oils and food grade performance enhancing additives. It does not contain any petroleum, halogens, silicones, or any other questionable material.

Envirotemp FR3 fluid has an exceptionally high fire point of 360°C and flash point of 330°C. It has the highest ignition resistance of less-flammable fluids currently available. It is referred to as a High Fire Point or “Less-Flammable” fluid, and is Listed as a Less- Flammable Dielectric Liquid by FM Global (FM) and Underwriters Laboratories® (UL) for use in complying with the National Electric Code® (NEC) and insurance requirements.

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Because of its excellent environmental, fire safety, and performance characteristics, applications for Envirotemp FR3 fluid have expanded into a variety of other equipment, including power transformers, voltage regulators, sectionalizing switches, transformer rectifiers, electromagnets, and voltage supply circuits for luminaries. The fluid is also used in retrofill applications for transformers and other fluid-filled distribution and power equipment.

Envirotemp FR3 fluid is compatible with standard transformer insulating materials, components and with fluid processing equipment and procedures. It demonstrates improved thermal characteristics with a viscosity closer to conventional transformer oil, superior dielectric strength in new and continued service applications, and excellent chemical stability over time. Excellent performance has been confirmed in more than 10,000 field installations since 1998. Envirotemp FR3 fluid is not listed as hazardous by the EPA, OSHA, or the Department of Transportation (DOT).

Advantages of retrofilling with Envirotemp FR3 fluid:

  1. High dielectric strength
  2. Dielectric constant very close to kraft paper insulation
  3. Excellent lubricity
  4. Excellent material compatibility
  5. A coefficient of expansion similar to conventional transformer oil
  6. Acts as a drying agent for transformer insulation that has become wet from aging, which helps extend the useful life of the transformer insulation system

Spills Happen – How to clean FR3 oil without harming painted parts or transformer insulation

Cooper FR3Under normal operating conditions, solvents are needed to clean oil that spills over the transformer’s cover.Ecolink Inc has partnered with Cooper Power Systems to develop an effective and safe solution to clean and maintain transformers filled with Envirotemp FR3. S-34 NG is a Cooper Power Systems approved cleaner that safely and cost-effectively cleans transformers without harming painted parts or transformer insulation. S-34NG is SCAQMD compliant with 25 gm/l of VOC content and guaranteed to remove: Envirotemp FR3, transformer oils, FR3 oil, biodegradable hydraulic fluid, fire resistant hydraulic fluid, also known as Cooper FR3. Call 800 886-8240 or email info@ecolink.com to discuss your technical requirements and request a sample to evaluate.  Next Day Shipping