A former Australian serviceman has been the first to receive the Navy’s acknowledgement that exposure to the industrial chemical trichloroethylene (TCE) during his service caused him to develop Parkinson’s disease. The recent decision by the Veterans' Entitlements Appeal Board could have far-reaching consequences for many Australian institutions and industries, including the possibility of class action lawsuits.
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Information Library: Toxins & Dangerous Chemicals
At Envirofluid, we are single minded and passionate in the belief that businesses need not risk the health and wellbeing of workers by using toxic chemicals in the workplace if a safe alternative is available. This is especially the case when the alternative does just a good a job (or better) and is just as cost effective (or cheaper) than the hazardous product it replaces.
Knowledge is power and we believe being aware of the risks posed by toxic and hazardous chemicals to human health and the safe alternatives available is the key to protecting your business and your staff.
29th August 2017 | eco-safe cleaner degreaser
Are the cleaning and degreasing products in your workplace eco safe? These types of chemical products are likely to end up in drains from waste water run-off. Eventually they make their way into waterways such as streams and rivers, and ultimately to the sea.
Tetrachloroethylene may be a chemical you’ve never heard of, but chances are pretty good that it’s a substance you’ve been in contact with. This is especially true if you use brake cleaner.
26th August 2016 | greenwashing
Greenwashing is the deceptive practice of dressing up harmful and/or toxic chemical products to create the impression of environmental safety and sustainability.
27th April 2016 |
Limescale deposits are caused by small amounts of naturally occurring minerals in both fresh and salt water. These minerals form deposits over time especially when heat is also present. Limescale deposit is particularly common in machinery and equipment that involves heating elements and heat transfer elements. You can find out more about limescale in this article.
Acetone is a common industrial solvent used to clean metal surfaces prior to welding. Unfortunately, when acetone fires and explosions occur in the workplace, the consequences are usually devastating. Serious injuries, burns, toxic smoke inhalation and even death are the common outcomes.
Before you can begin controlling chemical hazards in the workplace you need to understand some of the basics. Chemical hazards are divided into two groups: Health Hazards and Physicochemical (physical chemistry) Hazards.
Maintenance engineers and mechanics world-wide are at an unusually high risk of nerve damage from n-Hexane based cleaners and degreasers. n-Hexane is a solvent that damages nerves. Long term exposure to the chemical can lead to permanent numbness, tingling, weakness and reduced sensitivity. The effects of n-Hexane are most acute in peripheral areas such as feet, hands, legs and arms.
A recent report published in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Health Perspectives has found a wide range of breast cancer causing chemicals in every-day products including cleaners, building materials and even treated tap water.
10th January 2014 | Hydrogen Sulfide
Hydrogen Sulphide (H2S) is a highly poisonous, colourless gas with a rotten egg odour, that affects both oxygen utilisation and the central nervous system.
Chemical exposure occurs too often in spite of all precautions by managers and purchasers to avoid harmful substances and provide alternatives.
16th August 2013 | Butyl Cellosolve
Butyl Cellosolve (CAS #111-76-2 also known as Butyl Cellusolve, Butoxyethanol and Ethylene Glycol Monobutyl Ether) is a toxic agent used in many industrial and domestic cleaners - many of which claim to be non-hazardous. It is absorbed through the skin and lungs causing a variety of health issues depending on the level of exposure.
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.