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Garment Washing Spotting Agents


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.

 Visit

http://www.irta.us/Spotting%2
0Chemical%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf
to
learn
about
safer
alternatives