Alternatives to Organic Solvents in Industrial Cleaning Processes

Thomas Jacobsen

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    To control chemical hazards in work places, substitution of harmful substances with less harmful or non-toxic products is now a method used in many countries and in many companies. It has previously been demonstrated that it is desirable and possible to use non-volatile, low-toxic vegetable cleaning agents in offset printing companies instead of volatile, toxic organic solvents. The present study is based on a project with the aim of defining other industrial processes, where organic solvents used for cleaning or degreasing can be replaced by non-volatile, low-toxic products, which are based on esters from fatty acids of vegetable origin (vegetable esters - VE).The study indicates that industrial cleaning/degreasing with organic solvents may be substituted with VEs on metal surfaces and on some coated surfaces, in manufacture of paints and inks, use of paints, use of inks (printing), metal industry, and vehicle repair and maintenance. There are, however, other elements that influence the possibility to substitute. The requirements to the resulting surface, depending on the following treatment of the surface. The character of the soilings to be removed. The possible presence of other materials, which may not be compatible with VEs (rubber, plastics, leather, some coatings on metal surfaces). An overview of possibilities and constraints is presented.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of "3rd International Conference GLOBAL SAFETY"
    Place of PublicationLjubljana
    PublisherZavod za varstvo pri delu
    Publication date1998
    Publication statusPublished - 1998
    Event3rd International Conference - GLOBAL SAFETY - Bled, Slovenia
    Duration: 22 Jun 199824 Jun 1998


    Conference3rd International Conference - GLOBAL SAFETY

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