Those living in hard water areas are familiar with limescale and all the unpleasant effects it can have on a water delivery system’s pipes and fixtures. The good news is that whilst limescale build-up is troublesome, it can be treated rather easily and safely using Triple7 Eco-Scale.

Triple7 Eco-Scale is a non-toxic, biodegradable, and low-corrosion limescale and calcium remover. Treating limescale deposits with Triple7 Eco-Scale ensures the well-being of your workers and the environment, as well as the integrity of your equipment.

Step by Step Guide

Safety Precautions:

Whilst Triple7 Eco-Scale has a low-corrosion, non-toxic formula, in rare cases, it can cause mild irritation with prolonged contact with the product. Gloves and protective glasses are recommended.

For dismantled pumps and parts:

  1. Place in container and cover with 50:50 Triple7 Eco-Scale and water.
  2. Monitor pH level and add more Triple7 Eco-Scale if pH rises above 2.5. If pH has risen too high, discard solution and recommence cleaning process.
  3. Water rinse and re-assemble.

For installed pumps in systems:

  1. Fill the pump system with sufficient Triple7 Eco-Scale solution (between 10% and 50% dilution.
  2. Run the pump.
  3. Check for overheating and that pH level is maintained below 2.5.
  4. As the pH level rises, add more product. Change liquid occasionally if needed.

People might not think as much about regularly cleaning and maintaining the wheels and tyres of their truck fleet compared to the paint job or upholstery of their vehicles. But if you think about it, these are the vehicle parts that get the most battered day in and day out – whether you drive in the city or country, and are constantly exposed to brake dust, dirt, mud, and more.

Whilst tyres are meant to get dirty, it isn’t merely an issue of appearance that makes it necessary to clean them regularly, but also of preventive maintenance. Allowing brake dust to sit on wheels for too long can pit the metal and damage the coating.

It makes sense to regularly clean truck wheels and tyres to maintain their integrity. It’s important to choose the right cleaning product to do this, such as Triple7 Metallic Touch. Don’t let its name fool you – Triple7 Metallic Touch is a versatile vehicle wash that can be used to clean your truck from top to bottom. Its non-toxic and non-corrosive formulation is safe for use on a variety of surfaces including metals, duco, glass, stainless steel, rubbers, plastics, and more. This powerful cleaner easily and effectively cuts through dirt, grime, and brake dust whilst protecting the surface being cleaned.

Cleaning Materials Required:

  1. Bucket with water or hose
  2. Microfibre cloth
  3. Tyre brush/sponge
  4. Lug nut brush
  5. Triple7 Metallic Touch

Before You Start:

Washing the wheels and tyres of a truck before the rest of the vehicle is highly recommended to prevent over-spray from re-dirtying the freshly-washed truck. Wheels and tyres must also be cool prior to cleaning to prevent warping rotors, brake discs, etc.

It’s also important to completely clean each wheel before moving onto the next. Doing so will prevent the water and cleaning product from drying on the surface and leaving residue behind. 

Directions for Washing Wheels and Tyres:

  1. Rinse the wheel thoroughly to remove loose dirt and brake dust.
  2. Spray Triple7 Metallic Touch on the wheel and leave for 10 minutes. The product can be used neat or diluted between 1:2 and 1:5.
  3. Depending on how long it’s been since the wheels have been washed and how much dirt has accumulated, it may be necessary to agitate the Triple7 Metallic Touch on the surface. Do this whilst the product is resting on the surface of the wheel, using a tyre brush or sponge to prevent scratching the surface. Make sure to try and reach into the corners, crevices and spokes of the wheel for thorough cleaning.
  4. Brake dust accumulates on the lug nuts so make sure to clean those as well.
  5. Rinse the wheel thoroughly to make sure that all the product is removed, along with the loosened contaminants.
  6. Repeat the same process on all the remaining wheels.

Once all the wheels of the truck have been washed, it is recommended that you wash the rest of the vehicle before drying the wheels as they will get wet again. Once you have washed and dried the entire truck, use a microfibre cloth to soak up and remove any remaining water on the wheels.

If you need advice on how to wash a truck exterior, feel free to read our guide here.

 

Kerosene is a versatile fuel oil that has many uses including fuel for oil lamps and engines. It can also be used for heating and cooking, and as a cleaning agent. Aside from kerosene’s low cost, there are few oils that can be used in a wide range of applications, making it a popular choice for many industries.

Why Not to Use Kerosene as a Parts Cleaner

It is common to find kerosene being used as a parts cleaner in workshops due to its low cost; however, it is not as effective when it comes to removing heavy-bearing grease. Aside from its ineffectiveness, there are many other reasons why you shouldn’t use kerosene in your parts washer:

  • It is flammable
  • It has a low flash point
  • Its vapour mixed with air is explosive
  • It is toxic when inhaled
  • It contains numerous compounds that can potentially pose health risks such as n-hexane, naphthalene, and benzene[1]
  • Chronic exposure commonly results in dermatitis
  • It is irritating to the eyes and skin
  • Inhalation can cause irritation to the nose and throat and cause coughing and wheezing
  • Chronic and acute exposure can cause irritability, restlessness, drowsiness, convulsions, coma, and death[2]
  • Prolonged or repeated exposure can cause burns and itching of the skin with rash, redness and blisters[3]
  • It can irritate the lungs, and with repeated exposure, may cause bronchitis to develop with coughing, phlegm, and/or shortness of breath[4]

Another common complaint from those who use kerosene in parts washers is that the smell becomes absorbed into the skin and clothing, even with the use of PPE, and persists when they get home to their families.

A Safer Alternative

Safer alternatives to kerosene for parts cleaning exist, such as Purasolve Parts Cleaner SK. It is a low-vapour, benzene-free, high-purity, hydrocarbon-degreasing solvent for use in parts washers. It has been designed for the easy removal of heavy-bearing grease in large vehicle workshops and mining applications.

Some of the benefits of using Purasolve Parts Cleaner SK include:

  • It is virtually impossible to ignite under normal working conditions
  • It has a higher flash point compared to kerosene
  • It does not contain harmful and unhealthy chemicals
  • It has no toxic smell and does not cause headaches after prolonged use
  • It does not cause skin irritations
  • No need to use a respirator when using the product
  • It is highly-effective in removing heavy-bearing grease
  • It is fully-recyclable, extending the life expectancy of the fluid due to a unique filtration system
  • It preserves metal parts and does not cause rusting after cleaning

Another great benefit of the product is that the smell does not absorb into the skin and clothing, and users’ families do not complain of a toxic smell when arriving home from work.

More Benefits from Replacing Kerosene in Parts Washers

Replacing kerosene with Purasolve Parts Cleaner SK ensures that your users are not exposed to health and safety risks and protects you from future litigation claims.

The product is also an environmentally-responsible safety solvent that contains no ozone-depleting substances. It has a low toxicity to eco-systems, along with low VOC emissions.

Purasolve Parts Cleaner SK is used neat in a soaking application or in a parts washer. It is recommended that the product is used in conjunction with the Purasolve Parts Washer and the Retrofit Kit to maximise the life of the product. The Purasolve Parts Washing system has a unique filtration element, which when properly managed and used with the Purasolve Parts Cleaner SK, can significantly extend the life of the solvent product for several years. This results in considerable cost savings from a reduction in the volume of cleaning solvent purchased, as well as lower waste disposal costs.

To learn more about Purasolve Parts Cleaner SK, click here: https://envirofluid.com/shop/parts-paint-equipment-cleaning/purasolve-parts-cleaner-sk/


[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3664014/

[2] https://www.who.int/ipcs/emergencies/kerosene.pdf

[3] https://nj.gov/health/eoh/rtkweb/documents/fs/1091.pdf

[4] https://nj.gov/health/eoh/rtkweb/documents/fs/1091.pdf

Trucks are designed to transport goods and materials, haul various cargo and tow smaller vehicles. Some trucks are used for off-roading or high-adventure trips, whilst others are utilised for other heavy-duty purposes such as in the construction and mining industries.

No matter the purpose for which they are used, trucks are exposed to more dirt and grime than smaller vehicles. Whilst this can make it more difficult to clean trucks, it is not an impossible task especially with the right cleaning agents and tools.

If you care about your fleet or your client’s fleet, ensuring that the trucks are well-maintained involves using only the best products to clean them. Envirofluid’s Triple7 Metallic Touch is a high-tech vehicle wash that is readily biodegradable, non-reactive to surfaces, and is so versatile it can be used to clean trucks from top to bottom, including wheels and tyres. It is safe to use on all surfaces including glass, chrome, duco, plexi-glass, stainless steel, rubbers, plastics, vinyl and canvas.

Cleaning Materials Required:

  1. Bucket with water (optional)
  2. Spray bottle (optional)
  3. Triple7 Metallic Touch
  4. Envirofluid Portable Foamer
  5. Non-metallic brushes (for wheels and tyres)

Before You Start:

It’s important to ensure that the engine is cool, and the vehicle is away from direct sunlight. Water and cleaning agents will dry quicker under the sun or on a hot surface and will leave unsightly water spots and swirl marks. Wheels and tyres must also be cool to avoid warping rotors, brake discs, etc.

NOTE: Make sure to use appropriate PSI and nozzle tips when washing the truck with a pressure washer. Start 3-5 feet away from the vehicle and move closer as required in order to avoid potentially damaging the surface of the truck.

Keep nozzle further away when cleaning fragile parts of a truck, such as the windshield, windows, lights, etc.

Directions for Truck Washing:

  1. Pre-treat insects, wheels, tyres, brake dust, tar, grease and badly contaminated areas by mixing 40ml of Triple7 Metallic Touch in a 2-litre bucket and spray.
  2. Allow to stand for 15 minutes for the pre-wash to penetrate. Scrub if necessary and repeat if required.
  3. Rinse the truck with water from top to bottom to dislodge loose dirt.
  4. After rinsing the entire vehicle, clean the wheels and tyres first. They are the dirtiest parts of a truck and cleaning them first will prevent splashing and spreading wheel well dirt all over the freshly-cleaned truck. Use Triple7 Metallic Touch neat or diluted between 1:2 and 1:5. Spray on the wheels and tyres and leave for 10 minutes. Scrub with non-metal brush, then rinse.
  5. Pour a mixture of 1:10 Triple7 Metallic Touch into snow foamer.
  6. Apply the mixture to your truck using the portable foamer from the bottom to the top. Allow to stand for 10 minutes.
  7. For problem dirt areas, take a soft bristle brush and work on the hard-to-remove dirt or grime.
  8. Rinse with water from the top of the truck downwards. Any un-rinsed residual product will protect paintwork and resist soiling.

Pro Tip: Triple7 Metallic Touch continues to repel dirt particles from the surface after it has been cleaned making it look cleaner for longer. Additionally, the product is a natural oil/water separator and wash-down helps keep drains clean and odour-free and enhances oil/water separation and system performance.

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Chemical drain cleaners are considered popular, quick-fix, go-to solutions when it comes to drain problems. These chemicals can come in liquid, gel or powder form and are strong substances. What most people don’t know is that they can do more harm than good.

There are 3 common types of drain cleaners used: caustic drain cleaners, oxidizing drain cleaners, and acid drain cleaners. These contain aggressive and toxic chemicals such as lye, bleach, sulfuric acid or hydrochloric acid that are formulated to dissolve blockages such as hair and food.

Harmful Effects of Traditional Drain Cleaners

  • On humans – Commercial drain cleaners contain highly toxic chemicals that make it unhealthy for humans. They must be used with personal protective equipment such as masks, goggles, and gloves to prevent inhalation and accidental spillage or dousing on clothes and skin which can result in injuries.
  • On the environment – Likewise, these cleaning agents put the environment at risk and are extremely harmful to plants and wildlife. Whilst the chemicals may go through a treatment process, they may eventually seep into surrounding soils and groundwater, leading to contamination. In addition, unused chemical drain cleaners must be treated as hazardous waste since any residue left in the bottles could make its way into landfills and enter waterways.
  • On assets – Most of these products work by generating heat and ‘eating away’ at the organic materials that are causing clogs or foul odours. Due to their very corrosive nature, the chemicals in drain cleaners also harm metal and plastic piping, as well as joint seals and caulking material. Over time, the chemicals could burn holes in your plumbing lines, cause leaks, and require expensive repairs.

Choosing Safe and Effective Drain Cleaners

It’s important to carefully examine the products that we use to eliminate foul odours or unclog our drains.

Mo-Flo and Blue Thunder are both popular and effective options for drain cleaning. However, they fall under the category of those toxic and hazardous cleaners mentioned above. They can adversely affect your health, harm the environment, and damage your pipes and plumbing system.

Using safer chemicals such as Triple7 EnviroClear makes better sense when you compare their features:

Know What to Look For

Traditional chemical agents used to clean and deodorise septic systems are effective, but one look at their SDS and you’ll discover that they aren’t necessarily the best options available.

When choosing any chemical product, there are various factors to consider aside from their usefulness. You must check if they are:

  • Hazardous – Find out if the product poses any health or physical hazards or dangers. Such warnings as ‘toxic’ or ‘irritants’ indicate that they must be used with PPE in order to ensure safety. Also watch out for words such as ‘flammable’, ‘explosive’, or ‘oxidiser’.
  • Corrosive – Corrosive products contain strong acids that can potentially damage your plumbing system.
  • Readily Biodegradable – Seeing the word ‘biodegradable’ on a label can give people a false sense of security that their product of choice is good for the environment. Instead, determine if it is Readily Biodegradable to AS 4351 standards, which means that the organic surfactants in the product are proven to degrade by 70 percent or more within 28 days.

Check the SDS

The Safety Data Sheet or SDS is the best place to check for a product’s hazard information. It also tells you how to safely store, use, and dispose of the product; and safety measures you must take, among others.

For more information on Triple7 EnviroClear, check the SDS: Triple7 EnviroClear SDS

Organic waste, such as dead leaves, animal manure, food waste, and even sewage, that are present in water supply are decomposed by bacteria. These microorganisms use dissolved oxygen to break down the organic matter, whilst releasing energy to grow and reproduce. The number of microorganisms that live in these environments tend to grow according to how much food is available. However, when this happens, the bacteria consume much of the dissolved oxygen, resulting in the deaths of fish and aquatic insects due to oxygen depletion.

Organic pollutants could also be substances like cleaning agents, petroleum, and solvents that can get spilled, leaked, mixed, or flushed into water systems.

What is Biochemical Oxygen Demand?

Biological Oxygen Demand, also known as Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD), is the amount of oxygen required by microorganisms to break down organic waste at a certain temperature over a particular period of time. BOD levels will be high if there is a large quantity of organic material present in a water supply, since there will be a large number of bacteria present to dissolve the waste. Treatment will then be administered in order to reduce the amount of organic waste prior to discharging into receiving waters.

It is important to note that a variety of factors affect the rate of oxygen consumption, such as temperature, pH, the occurrence of some kinds of microbes, and the kind of organic and inorganic material in the water.

BOD measurement is done over a period of 5 days at 20 degrees Celsius, which was determined by the Royal Commission on Sewage Disposal (1898) as an appropriate test period. 5 days is supposedly the longest time it took for river water to reach an estuary from its source in the United Kingdom. In the mid-20th century, incubation periods of 1, 2, 5, 10 and 20 days were being used. However, the 5-day incubation period is still used to this day in wastewater facilities.

Why does BOD matter?

Measuring the BOD concentration in a water supply is important to determine its quality. In the case of wastewater treatment, it can help determine the effect that the discharged wastewater will have on the environment, human, and animal populations. It is essential to ensure that the water source is of high quality before it is released back to the environment in order to prevent health risks to the public.

Each country or region will have varying regulations for BOD. Generally, a value of 10mg/L BOD is considered the maximum acceptable for direct environmental wastewater discharge, whilst a value of 300mg/L BOD is considered the maximum acceptable for discharge to sewer systems.

What is Chemical Oxygen Demand?

Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) refers to the amount of oxygen required to chemically oxidize organic compounds, such as petroleum, solvents, lubricants, cleaning agents, etc., in water. When measuring COD, a strong chemical oxidizing agent, such as potassium dichromate or potassium permanganate), is used in order to chemically oxidize organic material in water samples. This is done under heated and strongly acidic conditions.

Why does COD matter?

Similar to BOD, COD is a general indicator of water quality. In contrast to BOD, COD testing only takes a few hours to complete. For this reason, wastewater treatment facilities use both BOD and COD testing to monitor the treatment process, with COD testing being used to scrutinise the day-to-day operations.

If BOD were the only testing available, treated wastewater would not be released until results are verified, and any problems detected during testing are resolved. The entire process would take far too long.

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This month, a retired Melbourne gardener brings the first Australian lawsuit against Monsanto, maker of Roundup. The plaintiff, Michael Ogalirolo, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2011. He believes that his cancer was caused by years of exposure to glyphosate, which is the active component in Roundup.

Nearly 20 Years of Roundup Use

Now 54, Ogalirolo worked in landscaping for 18 years and used Roundup two to three times a week during that time. He was forced to retire in 2015 due to poor health, and though his cancer has been in remission since February 2018, the future is still uncertain for the former gardener and his family. In his suit, Ogalirolo claims that Monsanto failed to warn him that using Roundup products was dangerous and had the potential to cause serious injuries, loss, and damage. He and his lawyers assert that Monsanto knew of the risks Roundup posed yet failed to provide warnings on their product.

Successful US Lawsuits

Last year, a former groundskeeper fought and won the first of such cases against Monsanto. Dewayne Johnson claimed that the popular weedkiller gave him cancer after almost three years of applying the product as part of his job. It has been nearly a year since that landmark conviction against Monsanto and its parent company Bayer.

Following Johnson’s win, a 6-member jury awarded Edwin Hardeman more than $80 million in damages in March 2019. Hardeman used Roundup to control weeds and poison oak on his property for 26 years. He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2015. Meanwhile, a couple who used Roundup on their property for more than thirty years, and who were diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma four years apart, were awarded a whopping $2 billion in May 2019.

Ripple Effect

Australian law firms are currently investigating potential legal action on behalf of others who are also suffering from cancers they believe are caused by Roundup. LHD lawyers in Sydney are considering a class action lawsuit against Bayer, while Maurice Blackburn is assessing individual cases.

The US verdicts have also raised concerns among local councils. In Sydney, Fairfield City Council has eliminated the use of products containing glyphosate, while other councils are minimising, abandoning or reviewing their use. Likewise, a Victorian government review into the safety of glyphosate is also underway. The review aims to examine whether the substance is being stored and handled appropriately, as well as to determine whether risks are “being controlled so far as reasonably practicable”.

Are the Concerns Founded?

Monsanto maintains that glyphosate is safe to use and does not cause cancer, citing the hundreds of studies that back up that claim, including those conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as well as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Indeed, the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority are satisfied that glyphosate-containing products are safe to use if directions provided on the label are followed.

The APVMA has also considered and rejected the results of a 2015 study conducted by the World Health Organisation that concluded that glyphosate was “probably carcinogenic to humans”, the same study which has spurred countless non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma patients to sue Monsanto. The fact that Monsanto is alleged to have actively tried to sway scientific research and news reports into the weedkiller product is not helping them win any case.

Corporate Responsibility

These cases against Monsanto serve as a cautionary tale for chemical manufacturers. It’s important that we do everything we can to provide non-toxic, non-hazardous chemical products. If we can’t do that, we must provide complete information pertaining to the dangers of products so consumers will be able to make informed decisions.

There are currently numerous cases globally and in Australia where known toxins used in Parts Washing, Brake Cleaning, Degreasing and Janitorial products have caused illnesses and premature deaths.

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The Instant Asset Write-Off is a huge benefit to many businesses, which is why it’s surprising and unfortunate that nearly 50% of all Australian small business owners are unaware of the Federal Government’s initiative.

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What is an Instant Asset Write-Off?

An instant asset write-off allows business owners to claim instant and full deductions of up to a certain, limited amount for purchases of business-related assets, including vehicles, office equipment, and tools, among others. The items can either be brand-new or second hand.

Who is eligible for it?

Previously, the instant asset write-off was only available to small businesses with a turnover of up to $10 million. However, in a recent federal announcement, the eligibility criteria have been extended to medium-sized businesses with annual revenues of $50 million or less.

More than 350,000 Australian businesses have benefitted from the instant asset write-off scheme to date.

How much asset can be written off?

Immediate and full deduction can be claimed for any business-related purchases of assets up to a value of $30,000. This is the second boost to the instant asset write-off, which has already been increased from $20,000 to $25,000 in January 2019.

What type of assets can be written off?

Whilst there is no limit to the number of assets that can be claimed, there are some assets that do not qualify, such as those leased to another party, horticultural plants, and more.

What happens if I purchase an asset that is greater than the write-off amount?

Any and all assets costing more than the threshold of $30,000 can be put into your small business asset pool or general depreciation rule, depending on your business turnover. This will enable you to claim gradual deductions each year.

When is the cut-off date for the scheme?

In order for assets to be written off, they must be purchased and first used, or installed and ready for use, before June 30, 2020.

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The information provided by Envirofluid about the instant asset write-off scheme is of a general nature, so it’s best to visit the Australian Taxation Office website for more detailed information. We also recommend speaking with a qualified tax professional or accountant before making any decisions.

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Previously, we shared how using dangerous goods drive costs up for businesses. Now, we’d like to highlight how SMEs can save hard-earned money by using safer chemicals.

The advantages of substituting dangerous goods with green chemistries go beyond ensuring the safety of your personnel and the environment. There is a growing awareness of the fact that using safe alternatives to dangerous goods also provides the added benefit of cost savings.

Save on PPE Costs

Worksafe, bio-based chemicals are free of toxins, carcinogens, heavy metals, and corrosives, as well as volatile organic compounds or VOCs. Because of this, only minimal personal protective equipment (PPE) will be required for those handling them.

In contrast, using dangerous goods necessitate the use of more PPE. Depending on the nature of the hazards the chemicals present, your workers will need to use a combination, if not most, types of protective gear including safety glasses, face shields, chemical resistant gloves, flame resistant overalls or barrier coats, and masks or respirators, to name a few.

PPE is subject to wear and tear from every day use so it needs to be regularly replaced to ensure worker safety. Over time, expenses for PPE can add up. Minimising the need for protective gear and its related costs will mean significant cost savings for your enterprise.

Save on Shipping Expenses

Biobased chemicals normally entail no special handling and transportation requirements since they are usually classified as non-hazardous and non-dangerous goods. For this reason, they are safe to ship, and involve no extra costs when transporting whether via road, rail, air, or sea.

Dangerous goods, on the other hand, come with hefty shipping expenses. Items classified as flammable, explosive, toxic, or corrosive require specialised packaging and labelling. Personnel must be highly-trained to handle, label, mark, package, and store these substances due to the risks involved. Moreover, dangerous goods regulations frequently change so hazmat training is mandated once every three years, or within 90 days of the implementation of a new security plan.

Save on Storage Costs

Biobased chemicals typically have no special storage requirements. Neither special storage cupboards nor updating the company’s chemical matrix are necessary, and business owners will have peace of mind that they are not violating compliance standards. Furthermore, they can rest assured that catastrophes such as chemical leaks or fires will be avoided.

This is not the case when storing dangerous goods. Strict adherence to chemical storage guidelines is a must to avoid disastrous outcomes such as injury or loss of life and destruction of property and the environment.

Save on Waste Disposal Costs

Non-toxic, biobased, eco-friendly chemicals help businesses save on costs related to waste disposal. Products such as Envirofluid’s Triple7 range are 100% readily-biodegradable and will not persist in the environment or bioaccumulate in organisms. These products do not contain ozone-depleting chemicals or hazardous air pollutants and will not disrupt the balance of nature’s eco-systems. All these features reduce or eliminate the need for costly waste disposal practices.

With dangerous goods, waste disposal expenses can easily add up to tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars each year. In 2014, Marsden Jacob released a report for the Department of Environment which asserted that the total estimated cost of regulating, transporting, treating, and disposing of hazardous waste in 2012 was at $2,417 million. The report stated that while a large portion of this cost was shouldered by waste producing industries, it is likely that most of the costs are passed on to consumers through price increases to products and services.[i]

Additional Cost-Saving Features

Highly-Concentrated Formula

Biobased products such as the Triple7 range, are highly-concentrated which can result in less product usage when recommended dilution rates are followed. What’s more, some of these chemicals are reusable, significantly extending the life of the product.

Versatility

These next generation safer chemicals can be used for a wide range of applications. This means that one product can be used to replace multiple hazardous chemicals, effectively reducing inventory and storage requirements.

No Heating Required

The majority of Envirofluid products can be used at ambient temperatures, eliminating costs related to heating, including energy usage.

Lower Productivity Losses

Using safer chemicals ensure the health and well-being of your employees. They are not exposed to harmful VOCs and other substances that can increase their likelihood of getting sick. Your personnel can get more work done when they’re healthy.

Protection Against Future Litigations and Penalties

Expensive worker compensation claims, employee litigation, and steep fines and penalties for environmental non-compliance can put a serious dent in any company’s finances. By following the Hierarchy of Controls to control, remove, and reduce chemical hazards in the workplace, you are reducing the risk to your employees and the environment. This, in turn, can reduce the likelihood of your company having to face serious legal consequences in the future.

Real Green Chemistries vs Greenwashing Products

To enjoy the above-mentioned benefits, make sure that the products you are using are genuinely green chemistries. Unfortunately, there are some companies that falsely claim that their products are safe for humans and the environment; however, they won’t hold up under careful scrutiny.

Educating yourself on the subject will help you to tell the difference between real Worksafe, eco-friendly products and those that are merely masquerading as such. Click here to learn more about how to understand green terminologies.


[i] https://www.environment.gov.au/system/files/resources/d1889716-2b06-44e1-a62c-3e67ff3d595f/files/cost-hazardous-waste.pdf

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Scientist holding a flask with a green chemical in it

Most people find it confusing when they are presented with green chemistry terminologies. Unfortunately, there are companies that take advantage of this situation and falsely claim to provide environmentally-friendly products and services. They throw unsubstantiated jargons in with their marketing campaigns and purposely include false and misleading information, counting on the fact that their potential customers don’t really know what those terms mean.

The Australian Consumer Law, a national law that was established to protect consumers and ensure fair trading, states that any entity that wishes to make environmental claims about their business or product must be honest, accurate and be able to substantiate their claims.

Here at Envirofluid, we firmly believe that knowledge is power and in sharing facts so that our customers will know exactly what they are getting. We’ve compiled a list of relevant terminologies to help you better understand and differentiate between real green chemistries and greenwashing:

Bio-based Product

According to the USDA, bio-based products are “derived from plants and other renewable agricultural, marine, and forestry materials”.[i]

Biodegradable

Merriam-Webster defines the term ‘biodegradable’ as “capable of being broken down especially into innocuous products by the action of living things (microorganisms)”.[ii] Many products claim to be biodegradable; however, this term by itself is not indicative of an item’s eco-friendliness and can be misleading. It’s important to also determine:  

  1. What the item biodegrades into – What kind of substance does the product metabolise into?
  2. Whether it then remains toxic or non-toxic – Are there toxic residues left?
  3. How long the entire process takes – Does it take 30 days or 30 years (or more) for it to biodegrade?

When it comes to biodegradability, it is important to find out whether or not a product adheres to Australian Standard AS4351 of Ready Biodegradability or the equivalent international standards OECD 301A-301E and ISO 7827. This means that the substances will break down by 70 percent or more within 28 days.

Of equal importance is whether or not the whole product is readily biodegradable since companies are allowed to claim Ready Biodegradability compliance for just one ingredient, even if it makes up as little as 5 percent of the total.

Chlorinated Solvent

Chlorinated solvents are commonly used, particularly in brake cleaners; however, many of the main ingredients in these solvents are now banned for use in other applications. Whilst chlorinated atoms boost the solvent properties of the product, these chemicals are highly toxic. In fact, some of them are known carcinogens.

Corrosive

‘Corrosive’ substances have the capability to corrode materials they come into contact with. These chemicals, also referred to as ‘caustics’, are hazardous and can damage surfaces or living tissues. Some examples of corrosive substances include hydrochloric acid, sulphuric acid, sodium hydroxide, and lye.

Dangerous Goods

This term ‘dangerous goods’ refers to chemicals that can cause immediate damage to property and the environment. It can also cause serious injury or death to people and wildlife.

Heavy Metals

‘Heavy metals’ refer to naturally-occurring metals such as lead, copper, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, nickel, zinc, and chromium. These are toxic to humans and the environment and can bioaccumulate in organisms. Heavy metals end up in the environment through natural means and various human activities, such as mining, agriculture, and industrial effluents to name a few. Products that do not contain any of the above-mentioned materials are considered ‘heavy metal-free’.

Hydrocarbons

Hydrocarbons are organic compounds consisting of hydrogen and carbon. They are found in a variety of products, including cleaning agents. Many hydrocarbons are flammable, and some are carcinogenic.

Noncarcinogenic

The word ‘noncarcinogenic’ is used to describe substances or agents that are not a carcinogen or cancer-causing.

Non-Chlorinated Solvents

Non-chlorinated solvents do not contain chlorinated atoms, but this doesn’t automatically make it safe for humans or the environment. They are often composed of alternative chemicals which are just as toxic, such as Heptane or n-Hexane. These solvents are also flammable.

Non-toxic

‘Non-toxic’ is used to describe a product that is not toxic or poisonous.

Organic

Products are considered organic if they consist of or are made up entirely of living plants and animals.

Plant-Based Product

‘Plant-based’ pertains to materials that consist of or are made entirely of plants.

Phosphates

Phosphate can be found in the environment and is also a dietary requirement. However, too much phosphate in the body can cause health problems. In addition, the chemical can persist in wastewater and eventually make its way to waterways where it can promote harmful algal growth.

Quick Break Degreaser

Quick break degreasers are specially-formulated surfactants which lift oil, grease and other hydrocarbon soils from the surface without forming a permanent emulsion. Many quick break degreasing products claim to be eco-friendly and Worksafe; however, they often contain Butyl Cellosolve, which is a toxic agent.

Renewable Resources

Any resource that can be naturally grown or replenished in the course of time, such as plants, trees, animals, oxygen, and soil, among others, is known as a renewable resource. On the other hand, non-renewable resources are those that are in limited supply. Examples of non-renewable resources include petroleum, coal, and natural gas.

When choosing Worksafe and green products, it’s important not to take any claims made by companies at face value. Bookmark this blog post so you can refer to it when you come across any of the above-mentioned terms. Also, we recommend checking the SDS of the products in question to determine the veracity of their assertions.


[i] https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2016/02/18/fact-sheet-overview-usdas-biopreferred-program

[ii] https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biodegradable

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