In one of our latest blogs, A quick guide to industrial cleaners, we highlight the importance of choosing the right industrial cleaning chemicals for your business. From cleaning wipes, solvents, to degreasers, they’re all specialised to serve a variety of purposes within manufacturing, marine, and oil and gas industries. That’s why it’s not only important to use the right cleaning chemicals, but to know how to handle them correctly too.
From corrosion control, to employee and environmental safety, there are several things you need to consider when using industrial cleaning chemicals within your workspace:
Avoid mixing cleaning chemicals
Using different cleaning chemicals can be dangerous, creating toxic fumes or chemical reactions. Ensure when needing to use different cleaning products that the surface has been rinsed thoroughly between applications. If you’re looking for a product that’s suitable for a wide range of applications, AGMA’s IPA 99 Wipes and Agmasol PS40 Wipes are convenient, efficient and time-saving. They degrease surfaces, provide spill control and keep up equipment maintenance. It goes without saying that storage of these products needs to be in line with their MSDS.
Roll out proper training
Industrial cleaning products such as AGMA’s are stronger than typical household cleaners, so it’s important to ensure staff who are using the cleaning chemicals are using them correctly and have been trained properly.
Wear protective gear
Industrial cleaning supplies are incredibly strong, which can potentially harm people’s skin, eyes or respiratory system. Ensure your staff know which precautions to take, such as wearing well-fitted goggles, masks and gloves when using highly potent products.
Some cleaning chemicals need to be stored in a cool, dry place away from heat and direct sunlight, preferably in their original container, and tightly sealed. Always follow storage instructions provided with products.
Read the instructions
The best safety method is always reading the instructions. AGMA’s cleaning products all have instructions and data sheets, so you understand how and where to use the product, the precautions you need to take, and how they should be stored.
Consider the environment
Our environment, wildlife and health and safety are more important than ever, and certain products can potentially cause them harm. For example, solvent-based coatings prevent corrosion and protect the quality of OCTG within the oil and gas industry. However, they can release a number of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), potentially negatively affecting the planet and workers. That’s why we created water-based coatings, to be used where conditions allow. They reduce pollution, safety hazards to personnel, and control VOCs.
Think about long-term sustainability
Businesses are now having to take a more responsible approach to their sustainability, and the choice of their chemical cleaners can impact this. At AGMA, we’re taking a more environmentally conscious approach to the planet. For example, products such as Agmakleen, a heavy duty maintenance cleaner used in marine oil fields and a variety of industries, is biologically degradable. We’ve also introduced 30% recycled bottles into our production process. This helps companies reduce resource waste, minimise environmental impact, and enhance their reputation.
Navigating the complex world of regulations and standards related to chemical safety can be daunting for businesses, as not complying can lead to penalties and legal troubles. With cleaning chemicals from experts such as AGMA, you have peace of mind knowing we have a BS EN ISO 9001:2015 certified Quality Management System and we’ve drawn from decades of industrial experience to create a range of bespoke industrial cleaners specialised for professional use.
The safety and selection of your cleaning chemicals should never be underestimated. If you want to ensure your environment is of the highest standard and your employees’ safety is guaranteed, explore AGMA’s range of products by downloading industrial brochure today.