Chrome-6 Neutralizer PR269: Revolutionizing Safety and Sustainability in Industrial Cleaning

At Eco-Point, we prioritize the creation of sustainable cleaning and maintenance products that are environmentally friendly and safe for users. In collaboration with two leading manufacturers of combined heat and power installations and turbines, Eco-Point has developed Chrome-6 Neutralizer PR269. This hazard-free, biodegradable product neutralizes carcinogenic Chromium 6 and converts it into harmless Chromium 3, marking a significant step towards a safer world.

How Chrome-6 is Converted into Chrome-3

Chromium is a key component in the manufacture of stainless steel, typically comprising about 18% of its composition. It hardens and toughens steel, enhancing its resistance to corrosion, especially at high temperatures.

Hexavalent Chromium (Chrome-6) forms when stainless steel is exposed to heat typically above 200-300°C for prolonged periods. This process converts Chromium-3 within the steel into Chrome-6, presenting as a yellow powder on the surface.

Hazards & Health effects of Chrome 6

Chromium-6 is a carcinogenic form of the element Chromium. While it can occur naturally, it is often produced through industrial processes such as metal plating, leather tanning, and textile manufacturing.

According to the UK Health Security Agency (May 2022), Chrome-6 compounds pose significant health hazards, including:

  • Swelling of the lungs and airways
  • Cough, chest pain, and inflammation of the lungs
  • Kidney damage and lung cancer
  • Abdominal pain, diarrhoea, heart failure, and damage to the gut, liver, and kidneys
  • Dermatitis or skin ulcers
  • Potential harm to the reproductive system

Environmental Impact of Chrome 6

Chrome-6 has severe environmental implications:

  • Water Contamination: Highly soluble in water, Chrome VI can contaminate groundwater and surface water, affecting aquatic life and entering the human water supply.
  • Soil Contamination: Spills or improper disposal can lead to soil contamination, affecting plant life and entering the food chain.
  • Persistence: Chrome-6 is persistent in the environment, causing long-term contamination issues.

Regulatory and Compliance Issues for Chrome VI

Regulations

Strict regulations govern the use and disposal of Chrome-6. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in the United States has set permissible exposure limits for Chrome-6.

Waste Management

Proper handling and disposal of Chrome-6-contaminated materials are required to comply with environmental regulations, often entailing higher costs due to the need for specialized disposal methods.

Product Restrictions

Many industries face restrictions on the use of Chrome-6 in products due to its hazardous nature, limiting the use of certain coatings and treatments that contain Chrome-6.

Chrome-6 Neutralizer Applications

Chrome-6 Neutralizer PR269 can be used to neutralize Chrome-6 dust during the maintenance and overhaul of various systems, including:

  • Combined Heat and Power (CHP) units, particularly by horticulturalists and electricity supply generators
  • Marine engines
  • Diesel engines
  • Cleaning floors and tables contaminated with Chrome-6 dust

Note: This product is not suitable for use on Chrome paint.

Benefits of Chrome-6 Neutralizer PR269

  • Hazard label free
  • Biodegradable
  • Ready to use and easy application
  • Economical in use
  • Reduces the risk of exposure

Instructions for Use

  1. Ensure the substrate has cooled to ambient room temperature.
  2. Remove all (free and yellow) dust before treatment using a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter.
  3. Ensure sufficient wetting of the surface.
  4. Allow the product to soak for at least 15 minutes.
  5. Remove any remaining liquid with a dry cloth.
  6. Test for the presence of Chrome-6 and repeat the procedure if necessary.

Safety Precautions: Wear overalls with long sleeves, gloves, goggles, and a P3 facemask when using Chrome-6 Neutralizer.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use Chrome-6 Neutralizer directly on heated metal machine parts?

Chrome-6 Neutralizer works most effectively on machine parts at ambient room temperature.

How long after application is the product effective?

Chrome-6 Neutralizer becomes fully effective after 15 minutes.

What is the shelf-life of Chrome-6 Neutralizer?

The product has a shelf-life of at least one year, as indicated on the label.

Is Personal Protective Equipment required when using Chrome-6 Neutralizer?

Yes, protective gloves and eye protection are recommended. Respiratory protection (e.g., class P3) and protective clothing are also advised.

What dosage is required for full neutralization of Chrome-6 on steel?

The required amount depends on the level of Chrome-6. Conduct a Chromium Detection Test to ensure all Chrome-6 is neutralized.

Are case studies available on the effectiveness of Chrome-6 Neutralizer?

Yes, Chrome-6 Neutralizer is used extensively by many companies. We independently tested the results.

Once Chrome-6 is neutralized, can it revert to Chrome-6?

To date, there have been no instances of Chrome-3 reverting to Chrome-6 at room temperature after treatment.

Is Chrome-6 Neutralizer corrosive to stainless steel?

No, it is not corrosive. The product has a mild acidic character but typically does not affect stainless steel.

Can Chrome-6 Neutralizer be applied to other types of machine parts?

Chrome-6 Neutralizer can affect sensitive surfaces like glossy aluminum. However, it is generally safe for steel, plastics, and composites.

Note: Do not use the product on calciferous materials such as marble and stone.

Documentation & Contact Details

  • Technical Data Sheet (TDS), Safety Data Sheet (SDS)
  • Email: clive@eco-point.co.uk
  • Website: Eco-Point
  • Phone: +44 077384 78666 & +44 01293 532086

Eco-Point: By Nature, For Life

Eco-Point sets new standards for cleaning solutions across various industries, helping companies reduce their environmental impact. Founded in 1991, Eco-Point develops and produces sustainable cleaning and maintenance solutions using natural and synthetic materials upcycled into hazard-free products. Our solutions are as effective as non-sustainable products, without causing environmental damage.