Managing Lubricants & Oils

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Across industry, great emphasis is placed on the handling and application of lubricants from the moment they arrive at a facility to the time they are introduced into service. However, proper handling techniques do not end when the oil has been put into service. Once the life of the oil has been exceeded, you must ensure the lubricant is captured and disposed off, both safely and in an environmentally friendly way.

Care should be taken during the handling of both new and used oils to avoid any potential risks associated with the fluids. Some oils have been known to cause dermatitis, while others are considered to be toxic. When handling these fluids, exercise caution and avoid prolonged contact with your skin. If you have cuts or sores on your hands, wear gloves to keep the fluid from being introduced into the bloodstream.

As industry increasingly becomes more environmentally conscious, great strides have been made in the area of lubricant management and disposal. Lubricants are now being formulated to meet even the most stringent environmental regulations.In the event of a leak, you would want these oils to be environmentally safe. This is where biodegradability or eco-friendly lubricants come into play.

The biodegradability of a lubricant refers to how fast the lubricant can be converted to carbon dioxide and water by naturally occurring micro-organisms. As industry continues to become more eco-friendly, there will be an added emphasis on waste oil disposal and reclamation in the near future. By reviewing your current procedures, you can put your facility ahead of the curve and realize the benefits of managing your waste oil with a best-practice mentality.

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