What You Should Know About Lubricant Toxicity

The world of lubrication is filled with many and varied lubricant types, and not all of them should be treated in a cavalier manner. In fact, most lubricants should be handled with care and proper personal protective equipment (PPE). The base oils and additives that make up lubricants not only can have catastrophic effects on the environment, but they can also be toxic to your health.



Best Methods for Cleaning Oil Drums

“What is the best cleaning procedure for contaminated oil drums? We are starting a project for off-line purification of 80,000 liters of varnish-contaminated turbine oil. The oils arrive at our workplace in 55-gallon steel drums. The challenge is washing and cleaning dirty drums and filling them again with purified oil. Is there any standard procedure for cleaning tight-head drums, or should we dispose and replace them with new ones?”



How Storage and Dispensing Systems Can Keep Oil Clean, Save Space

The Sheboygan Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, cleans the wastewater for more than 68,000 residents in seven local communities. The plant can treat an average of 10 million gallons each day, with a peak design capacity of 58.6 million gallons per day. It is operated and maintained by 15 skilled professionals who work to produce clean water, which is then returned to Lake Michigan.



Purchasing Lubricants Based on Performance

Lubricants initially arrive in industrial plants usually via one of two methods:

  1. New equipment generally comes with a “lubricant list” from the equipment supplier with a few recommendations for each application. Brand names are typically listed, a selection is made and, if it works satisfactorily, it is chosen.
  2. Maintenance personnel express concern to a supplier or a competitor about a lubricant’s performance, and a change is made.