The New Standard for Cleaning by Ted Beach
Last year we had the opportunity to meet Bill Mihalech, one of the owners of SAFECID. I was immediately impressed by their scientific approach to attacking cleaning problems in ways that will reduce the risk to employees to almost zero. Even if all their product does is match the effectiveness of the other chemicals, you have just eliminated the paperwork involved in an OSHA reportable injury and the loss of time and treatment dollars for employees. Below is an article by Ted Beach with SAFECID.
I recently was working with a veteran in the beer line cleaning industry. He, like almost all in the industry, uses a leading sodium hydroxide based cleaner under pressure to remove undesirable beer protein and beer stone from draft beer lines. This should be done every 2 weeks to keep beer tasting its best.
During a routine cleaning procedure a year ago, a fitting came loose causing his face to be splashed by the heavily diluted beer line cleaning solution, leading to chemical burns on his face and the immediate loss of his left eye!
I asked him how much that hurt. “It (the Chemical burning my eye) didn’t hurt, and that’s what scared me.”
He immediately knew that his eye was permanently damaged and his face was on fire with the chemical burns. He completed the job, loaded his equipment, and drove himself to the ER. He received a glass eye at the Mayo Clinic Feb. 15.
Beer line cleaning is one of many applications where harsh chemicals comprised of sodium hydroxide are used.
New to market technologies take time to be adopted, and are usually met with skepticism. Consider the example of synthetic lubricating oil. Initially only used in racing and ultra high performance vehicles where the increased temperature performance, improved lubricating protection, and service life of synthetics were valued, now synthetic oil is used exclusively in most domestic and foreign vehicles for the same reasons.
In the world of acidic and caustic chemicals, which are widely used to clean grease and calcium build-ups, synthetic replacements for hydrochloric acid and sodium hydroxide (SAFECID Hydrochloric Acid Replacement (HAR) and SAFECID Caustic Replacement (CR)) are now available. Synthetic’s effectiveness is on par with the originals, but the real breakthrough is safety.
The gentleman who damaged his eye and I met to trial the synthetic caustic cleaner by SAFECID at a high volume beer establishment that he services. His findings were that it was at least as effective as the current hazardous product. He was amazed that he could touch the SAFECID product, smell it, and handle it without concern. He is a believer!
Scientific advancement is a good thing!