'Toxic towels' seen as major concern
Survey respondents at the American Society of Safety Engineers' Safety 2010 conference were asked about the potential safety issues posed by oil, grease, heavy metal residues, or toxic elements on reusable rental shop towels.
Sixty percent of health and safety professionals said they were disturbed by these hazards with 20 percent of respondents reporting that they were "very concerned."
Worries about the risks to workers from "toxic towels" were the chief reason why safety professionals said they would switch to disposable wiping solutions from reusable rental shop towels. The second most important reason for a potential change was a closed-loop solution that converts used disposable wipers to energy and diverts them from landfills.Researchers said this was not surprising given the increased emphasis on environmental responsibility in manufacturing.
September 27, 2010
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