A Greener Treatment
for Metal Coatings
Environmental concerns remain consistent for legacy coatings, as the process for existing legacy coatings produces hexavalent chromium, or CrVl (chrome).
concerns regarding hexavalent chromium
Environmental concerns have been on the rise for legacy coatings, as the process for existing legacy coatings produces hexavalent chromium, or CrVl (chrome). Unfortunately for the industry, chrome plating shops have a notorious reputation as polluters of the environment because they emit a toxic chromate mist into the air during plating and create serious waste disposal problems. The chromate compound is a well-documented carcinogen, and poses serious health and safety risks to workers and adversely impacts the environment.
Increased regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and OSHA have been added to combat the concerns regarding hexavalent chromium and create stricter guidelines on what may be emitted into the environment, in addition to outlining costly air handling systems to reduce human exposure in work settings when the worker is exposed during the plating process.
A Safer Alternative
Because BLAZE ® is not subject to these costly regulations for human exposure or environmental contamination due to toxic chemicals, the costs and control risks are minimal, making it more of a viable option for manufacturers who are looking for a metal treatment in their facility with zero environmental risks for treating their parts.
In contrast, the slurry in our BLAZE ® process poses no known health risks associated with regular handling and disposal, nor does it appear as a potential threat to the EPA.