Sorbent Products – Choosing the Right Sorbent Products For Workplace Safety

Spills are a fact of life in any industrial-type workplace. And so absorbent products like pads and rolls are an important staple in many work places. But which ones are the best ones to get? Read on and discover right sorbent products for workplace safety.

Say you’ve just finished work, you’ve got oil and grease all over your hands, and you need to wipe your hands. Without sorbent products you might be wiping your hands on concrete, the grass, or, worse — your clothes!

Of course, most businesses – especially mechanical repair shops and manufacturing warehouses- spend a lot of money on absorbent products and for good reason. And they also put some thought into getting just the right kinds.

Absorbents go a lot further than just a piece of rag or a scrap of paper towel, these days. There are specific products out there that are designed to soak up oil, anti static pads and even hazmat pads for unknown substances or substances that are known to be hazardous.

But let’s say you’re not looking for anything special, just plain absorbent pads or rolls of paper that can do the trick for a variety of cleanups around the workplace. You can have the choice of general purpose absorbents or economy absorbents in both rolls and pads.

While the general purpose ones have the benefit of being lint-free fabric, the economy ones will still absorb hydrocarbons like oil, gasoline, fuel, diesel and lubricating oils. The economy pads and rolls also have the benefit of being available for the “right price.” which makes them very popular.

But don’t overlook the general purpose versions. In addition to being made out of better material, the general purpose pads and rolls handle a broader range of fluids and oils at cleanup time. In fact, the general purpose pads will clean up all the fluids and oils the economy ones do, plus coolants, cutting fluids, hydraulic fluids, vegetable oil, acetone, turpentine, ether, MEK, hexane, trichloroethylene and more.

If you’re dealing specifically with oil then, that’s no problem either. In fact, there are absorbent pads and rolls that will repel and even float on water and, at the same time, absorb all hydrocarbons.

So now what about all of the hazardous stuff? Things like hydrochloric acid, sulfuric acid, sodium hydroxide, nitric acid and caustic soda. You need special cleanup materials for these, and the hazmat line of absorbent products is perfect for the job.

For situations that require antistatic cleanup materials, you’ll find that specially treated meltblown polypropylene is perfect for the job. The antistatic pads and rolls will absorb all oils plus any other hydrocarbons, and they also come in a blue bag for quick identification, so they won’t be confused with regular clean up materials.

The latter products are the perfect choice when it comes to absorbing fuels that may become volatile in cold applications, in dry, low humidity areas or in any place where a potential for sparks exists.