For many public contracts, growing attention is placed from authorities on the use of less hazardous cleaning systems or solvents in comparison with commodities ones.
As an example, here in Italy, national law is in force that is assuring better classification values to those companies who are committing themselves to use greener chemicals in their cleaning activities, instead of well known hazardous petrochemical commodities.
Moreover, some chemicals showing certain pictograms or risk phrases are now totally forbidden in certain kinds of application.
A typical example is a usage of NMP, N-Methyl Pyrrolidone (CAS n.: 872-50-4), that is showing 2 pictograms (GHS07: exclamation mark and GHS08: health hazard) in its MSDS and 4 pretty heavy hazard statements:
- H360: May damage fertility or the unborn child
- H319: Causes serious eye irritation.
- H315: Causes skin irritation.
- H335: May cause respiratory irritation.
Many companies now, in Italy and abroad, are using our ASTROBIO™ NS that has proven to have the same cleaning efficiency of NMP (or NEP/NPP/NBP) and is showing just 1 pictogram.
The only hazard statement in its MSDS is H335: May cause respiratory irritation.
As an example, one of our costumers, who’s manufacturing paints and graffiti removers, was able to win a pubblic contract because they’re currently using ASTROBIO™ NS in some of their formulation unlike their competitors who still used NMP.