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New Online Cleaning Database

Hi P2tech,

Here is information I am learning some have missed. Please forgive the repeat if you got it before.

TURI at the University of Massachusetts Lowell unveiled a new surface cleaning online database called CleanerSolutions. The free, interactive web-based tool helps manufacturers find safer cleaning alternatives that perform as well as hazardous chemicals--without increasing risks.

It is filled with over 10 years of performance testing results combined with health and environment indicators.  The system helps choose alternatives so that overall risks to workers and the environment are reduced.

"If companies can view hard data on how safer industrial and janitorial products perform, then they are more likely to pilot test alternatives and replace the toxic chemicals they may be using,? Said TURI Lab Manager, Jason Marshall.

Companies are able to choose the contaminant, solvent to replace, type of equipment and the material that?s being cleaned from a drop-down menu.  The search results list possible replacement products, performance test results, and safety information based on five environmental and health indicators.  The TURI Laboratory conducts a preliminary screening to determine a chemical?s potential risk based on global warming potential, ozone depletion potential, volatile organic content, flammability/reactivity and acute toxicity. 

William Sweetman, Director of Environmental, Health and Safety Affairs at The Top-Flite Golf Company in Chicopee, Massachusetts, is pilot testing two solutions found through the database and follow up work with the TURI Laboratory.  Sweetman used the database to identify alternatives to toxic materials used in the company's golf ball manufacturing process.

He also searched and found a new process for cleaning equipment parts.  Instead of soaking the parts in solvents for two days and then cleaning them with a wire brush, the company switched to an ultrasonic cleaning process and used the database to find solutions that could work best with that technology.  Both solutions will protect workers from current exposures while improving product throughput.

?Compared to what I?ve used in the past, TURI?s CleanerSolutions database was one-stop shopping,? said Sweetman.  ?Because of the very specific search criteria and documented testing results, it quickly brought me down the path of finding a safer process and solution for our unique needs.?

Janet Clark
Senior Associate Director
Toxics Use Reduction Institute,  University of Massachusetts
One University Ave,     Lowell, MA 0`854-2866
Tel 978-934-3346,                                      Fax 978-934-3050

Adjusted for production, TURA filers have decreased their toxic chemical use by 45% and
are generating 69% less byproducts. During this same eleven years,  core TURA filers reported
an overall 45% increase in production!