In the early 1980's manufacturers began to develop the groundbreaking concept of providing powerful Industrial Cleaners that are safe for humans and the environment. The product that we carry has been a standard in the clean office, Automotive, Aerospace, school and Medical Industries for over thirty years. In everything that we do, we are committed to providing incomparable cleaning and safety in the workplace and are proud to state we have “Green Solutions That Work”.
Through continuous research certain niche manufacturers have been dedicated to eliminating the use of dangerous solvents in the workplace. Our Green Unikleen is the only product to have earned Green Seal Certification for degreasing – GS-34 and GS-37. This means that it has passed rigorous testing for both environmental safety and product performance. Used by major corporations we work directly with our customers to identify cleaning solutions that are appropriate for their needs and foster “Safety In The Workplace”.
Effects of Skin Contact with Chemicals
Chemical exposure in the workplace is a significant problem throughout the world. More than 13 million workers in the United States are potentially exposed to chemicals via the skin each year. Skin disorders are among the most frequently reported occupational illnesses, resulting in an estimated annual cost in the United States of over $1 billion. Chemical exposures to the skin are an everyday occurrence for many workers in a wide variety of occupations, including: Agriculture, Manufacturing, Services, Transportation/Utilities, Construction and Sales. Efforts to reduce or prevent skin problems too frequently are lacking, as both workers and employers accept skin problems due to chemical exposure as part of the job. To safeguard personal health it is important to identify and manage the risk of chemical exposures to the skin and prevent injury and illness associated with dermal exposure risks.
Occupational health and safety can be improved with:
· Knowledge of the major adverse health effects resulting from chemical exposures to the skin,
· Information on recognizing chemical hazards.
· Knowledge of intervention/prevention strategies.
Question ? What is the single largest organ in the Human Body?
The largest organ in the human body is the skin. The skin of an average adult has a surface area of over 21 square feet and accounts for 6% to 10% of your body weight. (2)
Skin is the body’s protective cover and the principle site of interaction with the world around it. The skin limits the loss of water and other requisite compounds from the body. At the same time, the skin also limits unwanted substances, including chemicals from entering the body. Damage to the skin reduces its ability to protect the body. Chemical exposures to the skin can result in either Temporary or Permanent adverse health impacts. These health impacts may occur at the point of contact with the chemical, or the chemical may enter the body through compromised skin (such as a wound) or by permeating the skin. Then the chemical can be distributed by the bloodstream, causing or contributing to a health problem somewhere else in the body. Temporary adverse health impacts may occur from exposure to chemicals. For example, it is not uncommon to experience dry, red, cracked skin from contact with water, soaps, gasoline, and certain types of solvents. These disorders usually heal quickly when the skin is no longer in contact with the chemical, but they can increase the chance of infection when breaks in the skin are present.
Major Types of Adverse Effects:
Direct —Exposure to chemicals can cause effects at the point of contact. These are called direct effects and include defatting/drying, irritation, corrosion, changes in pigmentation, chloracne, and skin cancer.
Examples of Direct Effects Defatting or drying results when a chemical removes the natural oils from the skin. The most frequent causes of defatted or dry skin are exposures to soaps, solvents, and moisture. This effect is temporary if the exposure ceases.
Irritation - Chemical substances that cause reddening, dryness, and cracking of the skin on contact are known as irritants. Irritation is most frequently caused by fiberglass, food products, oils and lubricants, and solvents. If caught in time, no permanent effects occur.
Corrosive - substances result in more severe or serious damage to the skin. A chemical burn can result from a brief exposure to a corrosive substance. Corrosive substances include strong alkali (basic) materials and acids. Scarring is a common outcome. Effects resulting from exposure to corrosives are permanent.
Changes in Pigmentation - A permanent change in skin color may result from exposure to certain chemicals, such as tar and asphalt products and some disinfectants.
Chloracne - is a type of acne caused by certain halogenated aromatic chemicals. It can occur after exposure to polychlorinated hydrocarbons (PCBs) and certain pesticides.
Skin Cancer -Malignant skin tumors may occur after exposure to an occupational carcinogen. Some chemicals found in the workplace contain cancer-producing substances (carcinogens). When these come in contact with the skin, malignant tumor may form at the site of contact.
Systemic — Chemicals can enter the body and cause or contribute to health problems somewhere else in the body. These are called systemic effects and may affect a specific organ or an entire body system.
Specific Organs - Chemicals absorbed into the body through the skin can cause damage to a specific organ, such as the liver, kidney, or bladder. Liver and kidney damage may occur from exposure to solvents such as toluene and xylene.
Human Body Systems - Chemicals absorbed through the skin can damage an entire body system, including the immune system, nervous system, or respiratory system. Pesticides and herbicides are chemicals that may impact body systems.
Sensitization Effects - Allergic contact dermatitis is an allergic response (immunological response) of the skin as a result of exposure to a chemical. Chemical exposures that may result in allergic contact dermatitis include epoxy resins, chromates, rubber chemicals, amine hardeners, and phenol-formaldehyde resins.
Sensitization—Chemicals may cause a sensitization effect, in which an individual becomes unusually susceptible to a chemical or group of chemicals. From then on, exposure to even very small amounts of the substance can cause an allergic reaction. The only way to deal with sensitization is to prevent any further exposure or contact with the chemical. Sensitization effects include allergic contact dermatitis and airway sensitization.
Prevention- Following good housekeeping practices are the first steps in preventing chemical exposure. A clean work area helps prevent skin contact with chemicals from work surfaces. Use personal protective equipment when exposure to chemicals is unavoidable. This may include
Elimination - Eliminate unnecessary chemicals from a work process. For example, use disposable brushes rather than cleaning them with a solvent.
Substitute - Replace a harmful chemical or product with one that is less harmful. For example, substitute a solvent-based product with a water-based one.
Control - Chemical exposure to the skin can be controlled or reduced by these actions.
Modify the process - Modify a process to eliminate chemical exposure. For example, rather than hand-cleaning metal parts during repair operations, use a mechanical cleaner.
Add ventilation - Reduce airborne exposures by adding local or general ventilation. For example, use ventilation during spray-painting operations to reduce airborne levels of isocyanates.
Maintain healthy skin - Clean skin with mild soap, rinse thoroughly, and use moisturizer. Dry skin is damaged and more affected by chemicals.
Modify work practices - Modify work practices to reduce or eliminate skin contact with chemicals. For example, rather than applying a solvent with a rag, use a brush.
(1) Information contained is provided from the public information brochure DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2011–20
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Our Green Certified Product Line
CLEANING De greasers
Green UniKleen - (GS-34 & GS-37 CERTIFIED) An all-purpose cleaner and degreaser, concentrated formula is diluted to match the product to the task. Safe for all washable surfaces.
Green UniKleen 100 - All-purpose cleaner and degreaser with added strength. Concentrated formula is diluted to match the product to the task.
Green UniKleen 200 - Heavy-duty cleaner and degreaser, with additional strength in a concentrated formula diluted to match degreasing task.
Green UniKleen QX3 - Heavy-duty cleaner and degreaser, specially formulated to remove Carbon and Synthetic Oils.
ExLime - Lime Scale Remover - Heavy-duty solution to remove the toughest soap scum, lime, rust deposits, water scale and mud from pipes and any type of water operated equipment. Works excellently in a closed pipe re-circulating pump for corroded water systems.
CD-256 Neutral Disinfectant - Virucidal and Fungicidal product is Hospital-grade super concentrated cleaning disinfectant, killing 99.999% of all bacteria in 60 seconds.
Sanitizer S-200 - Virucidal and Fungicidal product that disinfects, sanitizes and deodorizes in a ready-to-use formula. Kills 99.999% of all bacteria in 60 seconds.
Sanitizer S-10 - Specifically for use in commercial dish washing
machines at 200 ppm, this concentrated disinfectant and sanitizer meets the AOAC standards for germicidal hospital disinfecting and eliminates cross-contamination.
Kills 99.999% of all bacteria in 60 seconds.
GLASS & WINDOW
Krystal Clear - Window, glass and mirror cleaner that will not streak, fog, haze or leave any residue. Dissolves dirt, smoke stains, lipstick and grease.
Krystal Clear Tech - PC, Smart Phone and Electronics glass and screen
cleaner that will not streak, fog, haze or leave any residue.
UniSource - Daily floor cleaner that deodorizes and polishes all natural stone and composition flooring surfaces. Does not haze or powder, this solution eliminates the need for stripping and waxing.
Sanitile - Weekly floor cleaner and degreaser that restores worn floors to their original appearance, leaving no residual film. Enhances all floor surfaces with each use.
Renovator - Weekly floor restorer, can be used alone or after Sanitile. Prevents liquid from adhering to the floor, while repairing and restoring the gloss. “Breathes” with natural stone as it expands and contracts.
Floor stripper for quarterly application
Gloss floor finish for quarterly application after Mop Strip or Sanitile. Heavy-duty metalized formula provides a high-gloss base, that is dry to the touch in just 30 minutes.
Renaissance Carpet & Spot Cleanner - Carpet extraction cleaner and spot remover that protects and deodorizes as it works. Safe to use on all types of fabric, upholstery and carpet fibers.
Green Bowl - All-purpose bathroom cleaner that is effective on all restroom and locker room surfaces. Removes lime deposits, rust stains and water scale from all surfaces.
Step 4 Safety - Anti-slip floor protector, that reduces the risk of accidents, for use on any indoor or outdoor flooring surface. Increases the Co-efficient of Friction by 50-80% that exceeds the standards mandated by the Government for the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Green 4 Dishes - Liquid dish soap for manual cleaning of dishes, silverware, pots and glassware. Dislodges the toughest foods without excessive bubbles or any residue.
Green 4 Kleen - Machine dish detergent that suspends dirt in water throughout the speed process of washing and rinsing. Safe in all temperatures of water in dish washing machines, manual or automated dispensing systems, single rack or full-line conveyor systems.
IPAX Rinse - Machine dish rinsing solution with a concentrated sheeting agent, that leaves dish ware free of streaks and spots. Ideal for venues with hard water problems.
Green 4 Laundry - Highly effective laundry detergent and stain remover, for all types of washing machines. Safe for people with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, this solution is strong enough to tackle the toughest dirt, yet safe for all delicate fabrics.
HAND SOAP & PROTECTION LOTION
Green 4 Hands - Gentle hand soap and protective lotion, removes the toughest dirt from skin and leaves a lanolin protective coating that acts like an invisible glove all day long.