Choosing the right chemical supplier for you

Choosing your chemical supplier is a big task.

When looking for a chemical supplier, ensure that you keep the following in mind:

  • The grade of chemicals that are offered frequently depend on the producer of the chemical, so ensure that you are comparing them on the same basis.
  • There are some chemical companies that potentially offer hazardous waste removal services to their clients and for the majority this is important if it is offered at a discounted price.
  • It is important to remember that there isn’t a standardised price in the chemicals industry. Ensure to shop around for a price that suits your budget.
  • Seek out who the better suppliers are in the industry and what makes them so superior. If they excel in a particular area i.e customer service, quality of chemicals, from there you may be able to select a supplier based upon your needs.
  • Learn about the product you are using and how safe are they to use?
  • Ensure that your chosen supplier tells you how to correctly handle and store your purchased chemicals.

If you are looking for a chemical supplier in Hampshire, look no further than Case Chemicals!

Chemical Analysis – What is it?

Analysing chemicals is the art of chemistry – chemists study the chemistry of things: what something is made of, the behaviour and identifying certain chemicals.

Chemical AnalysisChemical analysis is a process that’s made up of two main types of analysis: qualitative and quantitative.

During qualitative analysis, each chemical assessment is usually performed on one substance at a time, the substance being referred to as the analyte.
The first thing to work out is understanding the properties of the substance, figuring out what makes the substance unique regarding what differentiates that substance to the rest.
Properties that are looked at could be the solvency, whether or not the substance reflects light or it absorbs light and so forth.

Post completion of a qualitative analysis, a quantitative analysis can then be performed, which is initially the process of calculating the quantity of chemicals in a mixed substance.

Analytical chemistry is utilised for a variety of fields and professions. Of course, doctors and those in the medical field use chemical analysis directly.
Pharmaceutical companies will rely on results produced by chemical analysis.

Chemical analysis is an important factor when dealing with chemicals ensuring they are safe to use.

For more information about chemical analysis and the services we offer, please visit our website.

The improvement of cleaning products

Cleaning products have improved gradually over the years, but just when did we start using them in our day to day lives?

The cleaning products that we use in the modern day are not only safe to use are human life, but they’re also safe to use in the natural environment, not causing harmful danger to the area in which they’re used. Chemical research has allowed us to develop the bleaches, detergents and cleaners that are used every day in a range of jobs worldwide.

Use of products in the modern day

There’s a fantastic range of cleaning products to be had on the market today; a number of companies all offer their products, recommending each for its own individual attributes and special formula. Soaps and cleaners are commonly used in kitchens, bathrooms and they’re also used in public companies to ensure that health and safety regulations are met. Without these chemicals available, it’d be more common for humans to catch a range of disease through lack of hygiene.

It’s the advice of millions of medical advisers that you should wash your hands as frequently as possible, all in the aim of preventing flues, colds and other common diseases that can be passed through human contact. If you were to visit a hospital or doctors surgery, it’s not uncommon to see hand soap containers attached to the wall. They’re around for the convenience of healthcare professionals to avoid spreading germs around their establishment.

As with the development of more effective cleaning products, they’ve also reached a point where they’re much safer to use, having less of an impact on the environment than they previously did. Cold water is often used in cleaning process now, as it helps the green movement through avoiding the use of heated water.

Getting your hands on these cleaning products has never been more widely available, as with the invention of the Internet you can shop for these items from the comfort of your sitting room. Cleaning organisations and services offer the sale of these products and delivery is often fast and affordable, saving time for all and boosting business through online purchases.

So, how has cleaning improved through the years?

If you were to look at the history of cleaning, the first cleaning product was something we use every single day: water! Back in an age where chemicals weren’t around, humans would’ve had to rely on using water to clean the areas around them. The first notable improvement on the cleaning industry was seen in the mid 1900’s, where as soap products would begin to make their way to the masses. Over the next fifty years, soaps and detergents would go through a rigorous process of constant development, where they would expand to the likes of dishwasher soap, liquid soaps, concentrated powder, gels, refills and cold water detergents, amongst others.

We use cleaning products for reasons known to us all, yet the development of cleaning items for personal cleanliness and health have been around for a long, long time. The common used of person cleaning items came about in the Middle Ages, where cleaning products made up of variable items would be used to clean ourselves. For example, things like animal or plant fats, ashes and oils were all used in a mixture for the cleaning of human skin.

It wasn’t until the mid 1800’s when soap chemistry would be available to the masses, after it was once considered a luxury item. The chemistry of soap was studied and improved, making it a common item for all to use. Following WWII, detergents had a major popularity increase and became the weapon of choice for housewives everywhere. The importance of soap, both general and hand are blatant to all in the modern day, as the public is often reminded of the dangers being unclean offers.

Living in modern times, it’s arguable that this is the best time period to be in to enjoy the use of safe and healthy cleaning product. Naturally, research continues in the hope of bringing further improvements to the market, potentially finding new uses for cleaning products everywhere.

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What’s the importance of having a clean hotel?

Why should you offer a clean hotel environment?

We all know the importance of keeping a clean environment and we’re sure that you all do so, but besides the health benefits, what does it mean to keep a hotel clean? Is it purely for health reasons or is it a benefit to your company and customers as a whole to have a clean environment?

According to research, almost 70% of hotel guests rank hygiene and cleanliness the most important factors when it comes to choosing a hotel, as well as making recommendations to friends, family and colleagues.

A clean hotel room is important to have
A clean hotel room is important to have

The research was completed throughout Europe, asking people what they think is most important for accommodation to have and given they received good or bad service, how they would go about it. The results shows that customers will now make their decision on staying at a hotel using online rating sites like Expedia and Trip Advisor, as this will rate their levels of hygiene, staff service, overall hotel condition and overall satisfaction, amongst others.

Guests thought that the general cleanliness and appearance of both the bedroom and bathroom of their hotel room were the most critical areas in which their opinion would be formed.

In the bedroom, three main factors stood out: clean linen, absence of bad odours/smells and no evidence of the previous guests. The bathroom side of things concentrated on the cleanliness of the toilet seat, as over three quarters of those asked believed it was incredibly important. Almost half believed that the cleanliness of the toilet seat was the most important part of the bathroom regime.

Overall, a massive 46% said that they believe review sites are the most important information source when it comes to choosing accommodation and an additional 28% believe that personal recommendations are the biggest influence on their accommodation choices.

So, now do you see the full benefits of having a clean hotel? A clean environment is what customers crave and we can help through the supply of our hotel cleaning products!

To browse our collection, please visit our website for hotel chemicals products and further cleaning services!

H&S Guidance for employers when using Industrial Chemicals

H&S Guidance for employers when using Industrial Chemicals
Step 1: Gather information about the substances, the work and working practices

  • List all the hazardous substances used.
  • Find out who could be exposed and how.
    Step 2: Evaluate the risks to health
  • Find out the chance of exposure occurring, how often exposure is likely to occur, what level of exposure could happen and for how long.
  • Conclude what risk is posed by the existing and potential exposure.

Step 3: Decide what needs to be done

  • Consider whether there is a need to use each substance in the first place. Stop using those that are not required.
  • For each of the remaining substances and for any new cleaning substances you later consider, ask your supplier if this is the safest product available, or if there is a safer alternative, which you should use if it is available. Ask your supplier if you can purchase diluted products in smaller containers that will be easier to use.
  • Consider where and how the substances are used or handled. Avoid pouring from and using bulk containers, as these can be heavy and hard to hold. Minimise handling, eg by using appropriate syphons, pumps etc, smaller containers and lidded containers when carrying solutions, especially if floors are wet or slippery.
  • Keep substances in their original labelled containers where possible. If decanting, ensure that the decanting containers are made of a suitable material, are clean and clearly marked with the manufacturer’s instructions for use. The label should clearly identify the hazards of the substance. This will help prevent any confusion about the contents.
  • Consider safe storage arrangements, which should be away from heat, sunlight, foodstuffs and members of public, especially children. Containers should all have lids and be clearly labelled. Cleaning and disinfecting substances should be securely stored. Always check manufacturers’ storage instructions, as some products may need to be stored separately from others. Have procedures in place to clear up spillages.
  • Make sure all your employees are informed, trained, and supervised in using cleaning substances. It will not be enough just to issue safety data sheets; you must make sure your employees understand the hazards and the control measures needed to control any risks.
  • Take into consideration any of your staff who do not have English as a first language. You must make sure that they clearly understand. Posters or graphics can help as reminders of how to carry out the job safely.
  • Remember to consult employees and their safety representatives about health and safety issues, including using cleaning substances. They may have experienced problems or come up with solutions that you may not have considered.
  • Make sure appropriate protective clothing is available when using the cleaning substance. This could include eye protection, various types of gloves, face masks and visors etc. Where mains tap water is not readily available for eye irrigation, at least a litre of sterile water or sterile normal saline (0.9%) in sealed disposable containers should be provided. Avoid latex gloves as they are known to cause reactions. Employees must be trained when and how to use and replace such protection.
  • Have a procedure for employees to report adverse health effects such as skin or respiratory problems.
  • Have a procedure for clearing spillages. Keep safety data sheets in a place known to staff in the event that they need to refer to them in case of a spillage or accident.
  • Check first-aid arrangements. Staff should be trained in first-aid actions to take in the event of accidental contact with skin or eyes, and appropriate first-aid provision should be available, eg eyewash bottles.

Step 4: Record the significant findings of your assessment

If you have five or more employees you must record the significant findings of the assessment. If you have fewer than five employees you don’t have to write anything down, but it is good practice to keep a record.

  • For all substances used, record a description of their use, eg oven cleaner, and a description of the type of hazard they represent, eg irritant/corrosive/toxic etc (you will find this on the product safety data sheets or product labels). If you do not have this information, ask your supplier to provide it. Manufacturers and suppliers of hazardous substances are required by law to provide safety information on their products.
  • Identify what jobs involve working with hazardous substances and who may be exposed.
  • Record your control measures.

Step 5: Review your assessment

  • Monitor and review your use of hazardous cleaning substances. Supervisors should observe that they are being used and stored correctly. Train new employees.
  • Always follow carefully any instructions and training information given in using cleaning substances.
  • Remember that your safety representative and you as an employee are entitled to be consulted by your employer about health and safety issues, including the use of cleaning substances.
  • When handling substances, especially concentrates (if unavoidable), always wear the protective clothing provided. If there is any danger of splashing, wear eye protection suitable for splash risks, eg goggles or visors. If cleaning at eye level or above, wear eye protection.
  • Check that rubber gloves are free from holes, tears or thin patches. If any of these faults are present, ask for replacements immediately. Tell your employer if you experience any irritation or allergy from gloves you have used.
  • Never mix cleaning substances.
  • When diluting, always add the concentrated liquid to water, not the water to the concentrate.
  • If you accidentally splash cleaning substances onto your skin or eyes, always wash away with plenty of water. Seek medical advice if irritation persists and tell your employer.
  • Avoid lifting and pouring from heavy or awkward bulk containers, minimise handling by using syphons, pumps etc.
  • If you are dispensing powders, always use a scoop; never use your hand.
  • Never transfer cleaning substances into food or drink containers where they can easily be mistaken for foodstuffs. Ensure spray bottles and other containers are clearly marked with their contents.
  • If you use aerosols for cleaning, never spray them onto hot surfaces as this can produce harmful vapours. Never place aerosols on hot surfaces.
  • Only use cleaning substances in well-ventilated areas. Sometimes an open window will be enough. If there is mechanical ventilation, make sure it is working. You may also need a suitable fume mask and goggles, depending on the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Always clean up any spills on floors or work surfaces immediately.
  • Always store substances as manufacturers advise, for example away from heat, sunlight, foodstuffs and members of the public, especially children.
  • Make sure substances are disposed of properly, as instructed by your employer following the information given in the safety data sheet.
  • Let your supervisor or manager, and safety representative know immediately if you experience any adverse reactions to substances, for example headaches, nausea, skin complaints.

Contains public sector information published by the Health and Safety Executive and licensed under the Open Government Licence v1.0

Source http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/cais22.pdf

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