Spotting Agents are indispensable tools, but many are hazardous to the user and/or may contaminate your water or CO2 systems.
To protect workers and the environment , ask suppliers for the safest spotting agents for you and your cleaning systems. Review MSDS and ask questions about any unfamiliar chemical ingredient. Always use MSDS recommended safety gear, such as eye protection and gloves. Some spotting agents contain chlorinated solvents. Check your POG, silk pre spotters and odor control ingredients. They may contain TCE (trichloroethylene), methylene chloride or perchloroethylene (PERC). TCE, one of the most common spotting agents, damages the nervous system and liver, and is a carcinogen. Chlorine in TCE can contaminate your cleaning solution, making it illegal to discharge to your sanitary sewer. Many rust removers contain Hydrofluoric Acid (HF). It is very hazardous when spilled or splashed on to eyes or skin, it quickly penetrates and destroys deep tissue, including bones. Talk to your Green Business Program Coordinator about safer alternative spotting agents. Visitto learn about safer alternatives