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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.




Tetrachloroethylene, a deadly danger in brake cleaner

31st March 2017 | toxins, brake cleaner, Tetrachloroethylene

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.

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Greenwashing - Know the facts to protect your business

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.

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Dangerous Acids in the Workplace - Limescale Removal

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.

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Acetone Use for Welding Surface Preparation
Fire and explosion risks

22nd March 2016 | Acetone, fire

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.

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Understanding Chemical Hazards: The Basics

28th October 2014 | workplace safety, chemical safety, hazards

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.

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n-Hexane Brake Cleaner & Nerve Damage in Vehicle Workshops

1st September 2014 | n-hexane, brake cleaner, toxic

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.

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Common Chemicals Found to Cause Breast Cancer

29th August 2014 | cancer, chemicals, toxins

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.

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Hydrogen Sulphide Gas: Why You Should Be Concerned

9th 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.

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Is your wellbeing threatened by hidden toxic chemicals?

5th November 2013 | hazardous chemical, work safety

Chemical exposure occurs too often in spite of all precautions by managers and purchasers to avoid harmful substances and provide alternatives.

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The Dangers of Butyl Cellosolve

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.

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Avoiding Contact Dermatitis in the Workplace

11th July 2013 | Irritant, skin, dermatitis

Common cleaners and solvents are often to blame and the condition can mean a lifetime of difficulties for the sufferer. Eliminate the issue from your workplace ...

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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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What You Need to Know about Commonly Used Harmful Ingredients and their Uses

27th November 2012 | Harmful Ingredients

WARNING: Traditional water treatment, odour control and cleaning products used in the workplace are; Hazardous Toxic Harmful Pollutants

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