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How to Guides and Advice: Solvents & Parts Cleaning

Solvents have many useful applications including metal cleaning, parts cleaning, surface preparation, degreasing, paint thinners and lubricants. Because of their widespread prevalence in many industrial products, solvents are among the most commonly used chemicals in the workplace.

Many solvents are “organic”, petroleum based chemicals which have very powerful substance dissolving properties. Unfortunately these organic solvents can be extremely hazardous to worker health and safety, causing a wide range of short term injuries and long term illnesses, and posing significant challenges to business to manage the safe handling, storage and disposal of waste products.



Brake Cleaner – Non-Chlorinated v’s Chlorinated
How to choose between deadly & deadlier

21st April 2017 | brake cleaner

Choosing a traditional brake cleaner poses a rather unsatisfactory question. Do you choose the flammable highly toxic one, or the alarmingly very highly toxic one? It’s not such a nice question to consider and, of course, there is no good answer – or is there?

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Purasolve Parts Cleaner - Video

19th June 2016 | video, solvents, parts cleaner

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Using common industrial solvents is dangerous and expensive

11th May 2016 | solvents

Chemicals such as Acetone, MEK, Toluene carry the risks of workplace illness and accidents, and environmental pollution fines and penalties. These solvents are still widely used for industrial cleaning and degreasing, despite safer, and more cost effective, substitutes being available.

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Improved Parts Cleaning Efficiencies & Cost Savings
Heavy Vehicle Service Centre

19th May 2015 | parts cleaning

With the help of Envirofluid, this network of Heavy Vehicle Service Centres identified and actioned on huge cost savings which gave them improved parts cleaning results and better efficiencies while mitigating a major health risk

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Surface Cleaning Solvents - Why Vapour Pressure and Flash Point are Important

1st August 2014 | surface cleaning, solvent. flash point, vapour pressure

Cleaning hard metal surfaces in preparation for painting, welding or inspection is a common and important task in some industries - but it comes with some potential dangers. Traditional surface cleaning processes often involve the use of hazardous chemical solvents such as Acetone and MEK. These common industrial solvents create workplace hazards and health risks to people who regularly use or come into contact with them.

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Parts Cleaning Solvents - Health & Safety Risks

2nd July 2014 | parts cleaning, solvent, health and safety

Parts cleaning is a common industrial task involving a range of parts cleaning solvents many of which can be toxic and hazardous. Parts washing chemical solvents often contain highly toxic and harmful ingredients which can lead to a range of serious health hazards and illnesses for workers, and significant legal and financial risks for business.

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Workplace responsibility - Toxic parts cleaning solvents

2nd July 2014 | parts cleaning, safe chemical substitution

It is the responsibility of every workplace to be aware of all chemical toxins and hazards in order to evaluate and manage the risks to workers, and others who may be exposed. For every hazard identified there must be a plan for managing it.

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What are Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)?

18th June 2013 | VOCs, cancer

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are any organic compounds with a high vapour pressure that evaporate easily into the surrounding air. Some VOCs are extremely dangerous and can pose serious health risks including cancer. Minimising the risks, however, just takes a little understanding and some extra consideration when choosing things like solvents, cleaners, paints and other products.

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