Finding New Ways to Make our Work Safer and Cleaner
Associates at our CNC Flow Control business in Houston, Texas have found an alternative corrosion inhibitor for testing valves that is less hazardous to people and the environment.
The team noticed that the chemical used to test valves was a serious skin and eye irritant. Rather than risk the health and safety of their associates, the team collaborated with the Manufacturing Engineering and Quality departments to find an alternative that was safer to use without compromising on rust minimization.
After evaluating a range of alternatives, one product was found to be less hazardous and a better performing corrosion inhibitor. In addition, due to the inhibitor's lower toxicity, laboratory analysis showed that the valve test water no longer needed to be sent for solidification and disposal to landfill. Instead, the test fluid can now be added to the site's wastewater that is sent for recycling and oil recovery.
Finding an alternative, safer way of testing our valves has resulted in many wins: it's removed a health and safety risk; it's reduced our environmental impact; it provides greater protection to our products; and it also saves the company money as it costs less.Ron Bobo,Environment, Health and Safety Manager, CNC Flow Control, North America.