Parts washing is an integral part of the operations process for many industrial enterprises. These heavy duty machines are used to remove contaminants or debris, such as dirt, grime, carbon, oil, grease, and many other kinds of soiling, from transmissions, engines, engine parts, brake drums, wheels or other parts. The cleaning results achieved relates to the quality and reliability of parts washers, and this, in turn, affects the performance of the cleaned components.

Why Replace Your Parts Washers?

It is important to note that parts washers, whilst built to last a long time, will need to be replaced after they have surpassed their efficiency. This is because outdated parts washers can become inefficient at cleaning parts, rendering them unreliable and degrading their quality. Additionally, these legacy parts washers can become prone to breakdowns, causing interruptions in productivity and creating bottlenecks in the overall process. Increased maintenance costs and downtime are also major considerations for replacing parts washers with newer, superior ones.

Some of the numerous benefits of replacing old style parts washers:

  • Elimination of costs involved with the maintenance and/or repair the legacy equipment
  • Reduced labour costs by replacing manual parts washing or manual pressure washing
  • Availability of parts washers that combine wash, rinse, or dry cycles into a single process
  • Elimination of hazardous and toxic chemicals and solvents from the cleaning process
  • Availability of parts washers in a variety of sizes and load capacities
  • Larger variety of models available (front load, top load, agitating, high-pressure, rotary, etc.)
  • Increased automation and ease of operation
  • Newer innovations and capabilities of superior models, such as closed loop cycle, integral recycling/re-use system, etc.
  • Reduced solvent use, waste disposal and running costs
  • Improved ability to meet and exceed work safety and environmental compliance regulations

How to Choose the Best Parts Washers for Your Operations

When researching which parts washers will best fit your needs, determine the following basic requirements:

  • Types of parts that require regular cleaning
  • The sizes of the parts or batches and how much they weigh
  • The complexity of the cleaning process for components
  • Type of operation required (top load, front load, agitating, high-pressure, etc.)
  • Whether you need a standard base model with its limited options, or custom-designed parts washers to meet specific requirements
  • Environmental and waste disposal concerns

Aside from these, you must also take the manufacturer’s capabilities and limitations into account.

  • Does the manufacturer provide installation and setup services?
  • Does the manufacturer provide manuals and other guides for using their machines?
  • Do they also offer their own solvents or detergents?
  • Are they able to provide after-sales technical support, accessories, and other supplies?
  • Is the manufacturer able and willing to address any specific requirements or special challenges you may have?

Purasolve Parts Washers

Purasolve Parts Washers are designed to make parts cleaning easy, fast, and cost-effective. These machines are best used in conjunction with Purasolve Safety Solvents, which can be recycled for up to 2 years, allowing for thousands of dollars of cost savings. What’s more, the Purasolve solvent range introduces replacements for dangerous and toxic substances, such as MEK, Acetone, and products that contain benzene and its derivatives.

You can choose from bath style parts washers, rotary parts washers, high-pressure parts washers, and agitating parts washers. Accessories are also available, including filters and filter kits.

For specific applications, purpose-built machines are available. Let us know your parts washing requirements! Contact us at [email protected] or 1800 777 580 now.

Transporting dangerous chemicals comes with numerous risks. In fact, accidents during transport of these substances are common though not always reported in the news. Just recently, a container vessel carrying dangerous chemicals caught fire and exploded off the coast of Colombo.

When choosing which chemicals to use for day-to-day operations, businesses must consider not only the efficacy of a product, but also the impact on the health and safety of our workers and effects on the environment.

Disastrous Consequences of Improper Shipping of Dangerous Chemicals

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Because of the very nature of dangerous chemicals, extreme caution must be taken by personnel with the highest level of expertise in order to ensure that they are transported from one location to another, whether by road, rail, air, or sea; disastrous consequences can otherwise occur. This is why an exhaustive set of regulations are in place for shipping dangerous goods, and the onus is on the shipping company to meet them.

On 20 May 2021, the container vessel MV X-Press Pearl caught fire off the port of Colombo, Sri Lanka. The ship was carrying more than a thousand containers, with contents including 25 tons of Nitric Acid, and other chemicals.

Authorities who carried out preliminary investigations suspect that a chemical reaction of the hazardous chemicals might have caused the fire. The fire raged for several days and on 25 May 2021 crew members were evacuated after an explosion occurred on the vessel.

A more thorough investigation is required to determine the exact cause of the fire and explosion in the case of the MV X-Press Pearl.

However, based on research conducted in 2011 (with data of dangerous goods shipments by sea from the U.S. and Great Britain from 1998 to 2008), it was found that 97% of incidents in the U.S. (and 94% for the U.K.) were caused by containment and packaging faults. Furthermore, 15% of container ship casualties were a result of accidents involving dangerous goods.

Factors that Contribute to Incidents

  • Improper labeling – Mislabeled chemicals can have serious implications than just sending the wrong chemicals down the supply chain. A mislabeled chemical in the wrong storage container can be lethal.
  • Improper storage – The proper storage for chemicals will depend on the kind of chemical that will be stored within. Considerations must be given as to temperature requirements, ignition control, ventilation, segregation, and identification.
  • Exhausted workers – The perils posed by accidents involving dangerous chemicals are far greater, and human error can easily occur when workers responsible for transporting and storing these substances become overworked or fatigued. Shipping companies must ensure that no employee is overworked.
  • Equipment malfunction – Properly inspecting equipment to be used for transporting hazardous chemicals is a must to reduce the likelihood of incidents.
  • Natural or man-made catastrophes – Incidents can occur that are beyond our control, such as storms, landslides, and earthquakes, or potholes, and reckless drivers. These can cause accidents that can quickly become calamitous and lead to untold damages and loss of life.

Eliminating and Reducing Chemical Hazards

In the Hierarchy of Actions in Risk Management, the very first and most effective action is to remove the hazard in order to eliminate all the risks associated with the chemical hazard. However, if this is not entirely possible, the next step would be to find a suitable substitute for it.

Due to technological advancements, there is now a wide range of low hazard, non-toxic substitutes for many common dangerous chemicals. The good news is that these safer substitutes are often as effective as, or even more effective than, their counterparts.

Chemical substitution also comes with the added benefits of reducing costs over time and ensuring compliance with workplace and environmental laws.

It’s common practice for different substances to be used in parts washers, such as mineral spirits, kerosene, and even diesel. Whilst these may be effective at cleaning parts to some degree, they pose serious health and safety risks and should be substituted with highly effective and safer alternatives.

Health and Safety Risks of Mineral Spirits

Mineral spirits can cause irritation to the eyes and skin. High concentrations of vapour or mist may cause nausea, vomiting, headaches, dizziness, loss of coordination, numbness, and other central nervous system effects. In cases of massive acute overexposure, it may cause rapid central nervous system depression, sudden collapse, coma, and/or death.

Mineral spirits are highly flammable and explosive, and even empty containers may retain residue and pose a serious danger.

This is evidenced by an incident that occurred on 13 April 2019, in which an 18-year old worker suffered severe burns when a 44-gallon drum of Avgas exploded.

The worker was instructed by his employer to cut the lid off the Avgas drum so it could be used as a rubbish bin.

The 18-year old worker, and another worker who was assisting him, attempted to wash and clean the drum.

The 18-year old then used an angle grinder to cut the drum, causing the explosion. The worker received burns to the hands, arms, face, and nasal passages.

Replacing Mineral Spirits with a Safer Substitute

Instead of using dangerous chemistries such as mineral spirits in your parts washers, we recommend using Purasolve Parts Cleaner SK. Purasolve Parts Cleaner SK is a powerful, fully recyclable, heavy duty parts washing solution developed to replace dangerous solvents for parts cleaning. It has no special storage requirements, lowering the cost of transport, handling, and storage.

This high-tech parts washing solution is non-flammable and non-explosive, low vapour and benzene-free. (Check out this flame test video!)

Purasolve Parts Cleaner SK is highly effective at removing heavy-bearing grease. Because the product is slow evaporating, it thoroughly cleans parts and does not leave behind deposits that cause congestion and damage equipment. It does not dry out seals and hoses like traditional cleaners, further extending the life of your equipment.

Learn more about Purasolve Parts Cleaners

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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