MicroCare Corp., manufacturer of critical cleaning, coating and lubrication products, announces the launch of its new informative website for companies currently using the popular solvent normal propyl bromide (nPB). The goal of the new site is to help companies reduce operating costs and enhance worker safety with this chemical, as well as to introduce new cleaning technologies to those companies. The site offers information and advice on those looking to change from TCE, perc and methylene chloride to newer, safer alternatives.
In the mid-1990s the toxicity value of nPB was set at 100 parts per million, which the company says is low but manageable. Today, the toxicity rating has been lowered to one part per ten million, with cancers and reproductive issues related to over-exposures. Regulatory bodies around the globe are looking to eliminate nPB, TCE, perc and methylene chloride within the next few years. The site aims to help companies learn about this transition and manage the process successfully.
“A safe cleaning environment is, by definition, an efficient and cost-effective cleaning environment,” says Tom Tattersall, MicroCare chief operating officer. “Nobody has more expertise in critical cleaning than MicroCare, and with our experience of over 300-man years in vapor degreasing, nobody knows solvents and the right way to use them better than MicroCare.”
The information on the site is presented at two levels. First, MicroCare says, some companies are buying these solvents without any technical support or professional guidance, and they have been known to use them incorrectly in their vapor degreasers.
“The toxicity standards for these products are being tightened and their use will become problematic,” explains Mike Jones, MicroCare vice president. “We know there are a lot of people out there who are concerned about using the product but don’t know who to ask for help. This web site is engineered exactly for them.”
The second level of the web site is for those companies that have decided to replace their old-style cleaners. Today, the more efficient, safe and affordable new cleaning chemistries that can replace nPB, TCE and the others are not always “drop-in” replacements and changes in hardware or procedures may be required.
“This web site isn’t about selling. It’s about helping,” Jones added. “Once people become aware of the risks and the liabilities from these cleaners, they always start looking for alternatives. Today there are many better, safer choices. This website helps companies to find the best alternative.”
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