VOC-Free Industrial Container Cleaning
At Clark Logic we are committed to sustainability and are conscious that the products we use to clean your reusable industrial containers will have a lasting impact on the environment.
One area of industrial cleaning that is both complex and often not understood is the use of Volatile Organic Compounds – “VOCs” for short.
In this article the reusable container cleaning experts discuss the dangers of VOCS, and explain why your industrial dunnage washing processes should always be VOC-free.
What Are VOCs?
Volatile Organic Compounds are chemicals that have been identified as causing health and environmental risks when their emissions are released into the atmosphere. VOCs are emitted from all types of materials, including many industrial and container cleaning supplies.
VOCs are known to contribute to the environmental problem of “ground-level ozone” which is responsible for many human respiratory and other health complications.
In industrial cleaning processes, VOCs can be emitted from open containers, as well as when the cleaning solvent is used, as well as after it dries. Unfortunately, these industrial and container cleaning solvents can have damaging effects on air quality and the atmosphere.
On the national level, The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates VOCs. And in 2007 the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) adopted strict statewide limits for Volatile Organic Compounds.
Additionally, the new OSHA /MIOASHA Safety Data Sheets (“Material Safety Data Sheets”) contains requirements applicable to VOCs, including:
- chemical makeup of the product (Sec. 3)
- measures to be taken in the case of accidental release (Sec. 6)
- other regulatory information that may apply to the product (Sec. 15)
VOCs-Free Industrial Container Cleaning
Failure to comply with VOC limits can result in sanctions and expensive fines. For this reason, it’s important to ensure that any third-party industrial cleaning services you hire – including your dunnage washing and container cleaning company well versed in EPA and State VOC.
Clark Logic takes the health and safety of our employees, your facility and the planet extremely seriously. With decades of experience as an industrial and container cleaning company, we implement a five-pronged approach to limit VOC emissions – ensuring the safety of our workers as well as complete EPA and MDEQ VOC compliance.
Our industrial and container cleaning practices reduce VOC emissions during use, handling, storage & disposal, in the following ways:
#1. We start by selecting the VOC emission free industrial and container cleaning solvents whenever possible.
In many cases we can substitute an aqueous cleaner, or other more environmentally friendly cleaner than the organic solvents traditionally used by industrial and container cleaning companies.
#2. Next, we implement proper industrial and container cleaning solvent handling.
Keeping open containers of any cleaning solvents covered, helps reduce emissions and keeps air quality clean.
#3. Proper ventilation is also essential to manage VOCs in industrial and container cleaning programs.
In applications where VOCs are absolutely necessary, we minimize air circulation around our container cleaning operations, employing directional fans and vacuum technology are used to remove the spread of emissions or airborne chemicals.
#4. Environmentally safe disposal of all cleaning solvents is necessary.
Properly disposing of any and all used solvents, as well as solvent contaminated water, towels and rags further eliminates the evaporation of VOCs into the air.
VOC-Free Container Cleaning
Clark Logic is an experienced industrial and container cleaning company, that strives to be as VOC-free as possible. We meet or exceed all VOC compliance requirements. And we utilize environmentally safe waterborne container cleaning products that contain few or no VOC releasing solvents.
We provide world class reusable container cleaning services for automotive and other manufacturing facilities in Three Rivers, Sturgis, Portage, Kalamazoo County, St. Joseph County, Grand Rapids, Battle Creek and across Southern Michigan.
Ensure your environmental compliance by calling Clark Logic today for a free Container Cleaning and Dunnage Washing Quote.