Preventing Explosions and Fire Hazards in Your Workshop

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Various toxic and dangerous solvents are commonly found in workshops, and it’s no surprise that these substances cause serious and deadly incidents. In recent months, explosions have occurred in several heavy equipment and vehicle servicing workshops across Australia due to these chemical products.

A brake cleaner was the culprit in one such incident. When workers applied a traditional brake cleaner, the excess would run off and drain into sumps. In this particular mishap, the sump was exposed to a heat source and exploded due to the brake cleaning fluid that had collected in it, as well as the fumes produced by the product. Miraculously, no one was badly injured in this event and many others like it.

Maintaining a Safe and Healthy Workplace

Many of the traditional solvents found in these workshops contain such harmful and dangerous ingredients as n-Hexane, Tetrachloroethylene, Heptane, or Methylene Chloride. Any positive cleaning effects these chemicals may have are far outweighed by the negative effects they can have on worker health and safety and the environment.

Purasolve safety solvents are low hazard alternatives to the above-mentioned products, having high flash points, low flammability and low vapour pressures. All of these combined make them the safest alternatives available for various applications including parts cleaning, paint equipment cleaning, surface preparation, brake cleaning, and more. Often, our powerful range of safety solvents outperform the traditional chemicals they replace.

Switching to Purasolve safety solvents also leads to reduced PPE and storage requirements, as well as engineering controls. This reduces costs associated with transportation, storage and disposal. What’s more, many of the products in the Purasolve range are recyclable, leading to overall cost benefits and savings.


Preview some of our safer substitutes for common solvents found in workshops:

Purasolve Brake Cleaner

Purasolve Brake Cleaner is designed for cleaning brakes and components in a variety of industrial applications. This high tech safety solvent is slow evaporating and lasts 10-20 times longer than conventional brake cleaners.

Purasolve Surface Prep

Purasolve Surface Prep is a high-tech cleaning compound developed to replace Acetone, MEK, and other dangerous solvents. This powerful cleaner and degreaser is safe to use, store and dispose of. Its slow evaporating formulation means the product stays on the surface longer, meaning a little product goes a long way.

Purasolve Parts Cleaner

Purasolve Parts Cleaner is a non-flammable and non-explosive alternative to
dangerous solvents. It is effective for use in parts washers and for manual metal cleaning. Fully recyclable, the solvent lasts for a minimum of 18 months when used with Purasolve filters.

Purasolve Paint Equipment Cleaner 20L

Purasolve Paint Equipment Cleaner

Purasolve Paint Equipment Cleaner is a powerful cleaning compound for resin and paint equipment clean-up. Purasolve Paint Equipmen Cleaner improves worker health and safety and reduces disposal costs. It is fully recyclable up to 100 times.

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