While safety is a top priority in any manufacturing situation, that concern becomes critical when dealing with exposure to chemicals at the point of use. Many factories still use the “tip-and-pour” method of transferring chemicals, which can expose workers to significant injuries. Even poorly designed pumps can also create real hazard.
Many seriously destructive chemicals are at play every day in manufacturing scenarios across the nation. Workers often transfer additives such as plasicizers, colorants, dyes, lubricants, antimicrobials and flame-retardants directly into machines. Even cleaning solvents can be hazardous under the right conditions.
Quality products, such as the mixing components manufactured by Komax, can help greatly reduce exposure to chemical components. Static mixers create high quality mixing with no moving parts, reducing the amount of time spent cleaning the components (and exposure to chemicals). Teflon and Kynar lined mixers can stand regular assault by the most aggressive chemicals. Custody Transfer mixers ensure that not only are additives probably managed, but that batches of product are highly consistent. It is important to keep in mind that chemicals do not have to be touched to be dangerous – inhaling chemicals, such as those vaporized by steam heating devices that aren’t properly maintained, can be just as dangerous.
Companies should assume when it comes to chemicals that if something can go wrong, it probably would. Prevention can mean the difference between injury, cleanup, worker’s compensation, OSHA fines and even facility shutdown. If your business manages anything toxic, corrosive, reactive or potentially explosive, even if for short periods of time, you owe it to your business and your employees to investigate every avenue of safety possible. See how Komax can help improve both your safety and your bottom line!