The Impact of EPA Regulations
EPA regulations benefit the environment, but they don’t always benefit companies, especially concerning the use of traditional degreasers and solvents. As the green movement pushes ahead, EPA regulations are set to prohibit the use of most, if not all, toxic chemicals in industrial and commercial settings, which can complicate the operations of companies that rely on toxic chemicals to perform crucial cleaning tasks. Even so, EPA regulation of toxic chemicals doesn’t happen overnight, but is usually planned years in advance to allow companies ample time to find alternative solutions. If your company currently uses a toxic industrial cleaning chemical that it cannot do without, consulting with an eco friendly solvents company about upcoming EPA regulations and effective substitutes for your current chemicals is a wise choice.
The Impact of Cleaning Chemicals on Employees
Companies that use a toxic parts cleaner, degreaser, general cleaning solvent, etc. usually view ventilation as an effective defense against exposure to Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs). But research shows that ventilation systems are not an effective means of preventing toxic exposure in the direct vicinity of toxic chemical application. A valuable example of what can happen to employees and companies alike when HAPs infest in the workplace can be seen in the asbestos crisis of a few decades ago. After prolonged exposure to asbestos particles, thousands of workers developed chronic health conditions, leading to thousands of lawsuits that resulted in multimillion-dollar settlements.
The Impact of Cleaning Chemicals on Waste Disposal Fees
Traditionally, industrial companies spend significant money on chemical waste disposal fees. But today, high chemical waste disposal fees are becoming more of a choice than a necessity. Instead of using toxic degreasers and parts cleaners, companies now have the option of using biodegradable degreasers and parts cleaners. “Going green” is permanent part of today’s corporate culture, but so is cost cutting. Purchasing biodegradable cleaning chemicals allow companies to accomplish both at the same time.
The Impact of Petroleum Distillates on the Price of Cleaners
Traditional degreasers and parts cleaners commonly contain petroleum distillates, which allow them to adhere to the objects that they clean. However, the price of cleaners that contain petroleum distillates is constantly subject to the price of petroleum. When the price of petroleum suddenly rises, so does the price of petroleum distillate solutions. If you use a petroleum distillate solution in small quantities, the fluctuating price of oil won’t wreak havoc on your budget. But if you use it in large quantities, then becoming dependent on petroleum distillate cleaner could indeed result in a significant extra cost that you never anticipated.