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Hands-On Technical Assistance

Organization(s) Toxics Use Reduction Institute
Project Description The Toxics Use Reduction Institute's Surface Solutions Laboratory (SSL) improves worker health and safety and reduces chemical risks by eliminating the use of organo/ chlorinated solvents in degreasing operations. This important P2 work is accomplished by conducting application-specific performance tests of alternative cleaners that are usually water-based.

According to Tim Lindsey, Waste Management and Research Center in Illinois, industrial implementation of new technologies following laboratory testing is 30-60 percent, much higher than the national average of 10 percent for most other technical assistance programs without a laboratory/testing component. The following statistics were obtained from a scientific sampling of companies using SSL's services: 1/3 clients fully implement lab recommendations, 1/3 clients partially implement lab recommendation, 1/3 clients have not implement lab recommendations. These are encouraging findings that illustrate that successful technical diffusion can be enhanced by a hands-on approach.

More Info www.cleanersolutions.org/
Project Contact
Name Carole LeBlanc
Phone (978) 934-3249
Project Keywords
Processes Cleaning
Activity Keywords Research and development
Newsletter Northeast States Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 13 No. 2, Summer 2003 [PDF]


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