Hazardous materials and dangerous goods – by Mark Brumme
These two terms are almost inseparably connected with cleaning agents. In the past, “harsh agents” frequently had to be used to safely and permanently remove aggressive contaminants. Fortunately, this often doesn’t have to be the case today.
Cleaning agents from Eco-Nova frequently contain considerably milder agents or do without hazardous substances completely. This is made possible by the progressive development and testing of various chemicals and mixtures. During development preference is given to chemicals with no hazardous effects or only to a lesser extent.
Nevertheless, hazardous substances of different strengths are still needed for certain solutions. Even less dangerous agents have properties that need to be pointed out. Relevant specialist knowledge is needed here to allow for good and safe classification.
Safety data sheets should point out the various dangerous properties and ingredients to the professional, so that occupational safety specialists can carry out risk assessments for the specific application.
Both hazard pictograms and H and P statements (hazard and precautionary statements) attached to the packaging should draw the user’s attention to the hazards and dangers.
If dangerous substances are transported, compliance with dangerous goods legislation needs to be guaranteed. In addition to the correct classification of cleaning agents according to this legislation, it is important to select the right high-quality packaging which also needs to be labelled in accordance with the legislation. Finally, the consignment needs to be accompanied by a waybill that makes reference to the hazardous contents and properties of the cargo being transported. This makes sure that the cleaning agents arrive safely at their destination and serve their intended purpose of cleaning stubborn dirt.