Since chemistry caught up with the capitalistic ambitions of the the Industrial Revolution, industrial companies and organizations have used toxic chemicals for various commercial and industrial work processes, such as defluxing metal after heat treating processes, producing asphalt, dry cleaning, and the list goes on.
Today, these toxic chemicals have largely fallen out of favor for three reasons: They’re dangerous to human health, harmful to the environment, and, in some cases, their use is heavily regulated by government agencies at the federal, state, and/or municipal level. If you need to replace a solvent that has undesirable traits in order to achieve chemical toxic reduction, Ecolink is an excellent choice to help you do it for the reasons below.
We Tell You the Truth About Cleaners
It would be great if there were an industrial cleaner that was safe enough to cause no negative reactions in humans or the environment. However, the reality is that such a solution doesn’t exist. Environmentally preferred and environmentally safe cleaners are safer than toxic solutions they’re formulated to replace. However, solutions that promote chemical toxic reduction still require safety considerations.
As we state on our business website, “There are no ‘perfect substitutes’ [that] reduce or eliminate hazardous solvents in the workplace. Every cleaning solution carries a matrix of risk factors for environmental, health, or safety reasons. Inevitably, any chemical choice involves weighing the alternatives.”
- We Maintain an Environmentally Preferred Choices Ladder
Not all environmentally preferred cleaners are equal in terms of safety. That’s why we created an Environmentally Preferred Choices Ladder that shows precisely how environmentally preferred a cleaner is. The ladder has seven levels of “environmental preference” that are applied to cleaners. See the ladder by visiting this link on our business website.
- We Apprise You of Upcoming Chemical Regulations
Industrial cleaners can go from unregulated to heavily regulated or banned within a few months’ time. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) often gets the ball rolling by placing a solvent on a list of reportable chemicals — a move that’s often followed by significantly regulating the solvent or banning it by placing the solvents on the EPA’s List of Lists.
When the EPA decides to regulate or ban a solvent for large-scale use, it wants to give companies and organizations time to find replacement solvents that work like the old solvent, but have a vastly better safety profile. We want to give you the same opportunity. That’s why we report on upcoming EPA chemical regulations as soon as they’re announced.
- We Offer Stock Products and Custom Formulations
In some cases, achieving chemical toxic reduction by replacing a toxic solvent with one that has the same cleaning power can be tough, especially if you limit your options to stock solvents. Sometimes, stock solutions work. However, when they don’t, having a custom cleaner formulated is often the best option for receiving a cleaner that works great and has fewer negative variables.
Contact Us Today
If you need to reevaluate your line of industrial solvents to achieve chemical toxic reduction, Ecolink is here to help. Get started on selecting solvents that have a better safety profile — and, therefore, better usability — by calling (800) 563-1305, or use our contact form. We look forward to helping you select safer solvents!