Ecological compatibility of products
Every modern manufacturer must be responsible for the health of the personnel of his own enterprise and of the personnel of the customers’ enterprises who work with his products. Besides ,being aware of the current problems associated with the pollution of our habitats, manufacturers must adhere to the principles of environmental protection and the principle of non-waste production and recovery of energy and heat, minimize emissions of harmful substances into the atmosphere and sewage, etc.Our company strives to follow all of the above mentioned principles, our products do not contain substances banned in the production of paints, harmful to the health of personnel and of the end user. Our production is organized in such a way as to optimize the consumption of raw materials, in particular organic solvents. There is also possibility of their recovery and purification.
We do not use isophorone in the production of our products, as we are aware of the negative toxic and carcinogenic effects it has on the human body.
Isophorone is an unsaturated cyclic ketone, an organic solvent that mixes in any proportions with other organic solvents. It is one of the most effective polar solvents, dissolves many natural and synthetic resins and polymers such as: polyvinyl chloride and vinyl chloride copolymers, polyvinyl acetate, polyacrylates, polymethacrylates, polystyrene, chlorinated rubber, alkyd resins, saturated and unsaturated polyesters, epoxy resins, nitrocellulose, cellulose esters and ethers, dammar resin (dewaxed), kauri, waxes, fats, oils, phenol-, melamine- and urea-formaldehyde resins. Isoforone reduces viscosity and promotes better adhesion by swelling the substrate. It is this property that makes it popular in the chemical industry.
The disadvantages of this solvent are primarily toxic (narcotic) and carcinogenic effects on the human organism. Both the physical contact of isophorone with the skin and mucous membranes of a person and inhaling its vapors into the lungs are dangerous. The use of this solvent in the production of paints is prohibited by various directives In the countries of the European Union and the USA. It is proved that isophorone can cause cancer, has a negative impact on the endocrine system, the mucous membranes of the eyes, the skin and lungs. The maximum permissible concentration (MPC) of isophorone vapor in the atmosphere of the working room is only 1 mg / m3.
Despite the fact that isophorone is not currently banned for use in the paint industry on the territory of the Russian Federation, we are categorically against using it in our products. The health and safety of our employees is utmost priority for Uralprotekt Ltd. The key to successful work and high labor productivity is a healthy staff and leadership. We hold the same position with respect to our customers. The customer's plant should not be supplied with raw materials and products containing potentially hazardous components for the health of the personnel!
We do not use in our production raw materials, which include prohibited chemical compounds containing hexavalent chromium, Cr (VI).
Huge danger to the environment along with oil is represented by heavy metals: mercury, lead, cadmium, copper, zinc, chrome. Heavy metals, getting into reservoirs with sewage from industrial enterprises, cause irreversible changes in natural ecosystems. For heavy metals in nature there are no mechanisms for self-purification, as it is characteristic of organic compounds, they only move from one natural reservoir to another. The influence of eight metals (including chromium) was highlighted by the Environmental Protection Agency as a priority.
Among the groups of heavy metals, chromium compounds are important. Contamination of the environment by chromium compounds can be potentially dangerous for humans and other species. The amount of chromium compounds in the environment increases with each year and amounts to the level, which is dangerous for the life of organisms.
Chemical compounds of chrome in which the element in question is in a hexavalent form, Cr(VI) are the most dangerous for the human and the environment. Hexavalent chromium is a part of corrosion-resistant, protective conversion chromate coatings (films), which are applied to numerous critical parts of vehicles, such as fasteners, fixing racks, attachment clips, levers, elements of coupling, a suspension mount. It can also be found in polymer pigments, inks, in stainless steel (Cr6 + is released during casting, melting, flaring), textile dyes (sodium and potassium chromate and ammonium and potassium bichromate). Zinc and lead chromates are genotoxic carcinogens. Chronic inhalation of hexavalent chromium compounds increases the risk of nasopharyngeal diseases and the risk of lung cancer. (Lungs are particularly vulnerable due to the large number of thin capillaries).
Many state standards and directives do not allow the use of hexavalent chromium in organosoluble enamels, for example, in GOST 33290-2015 "Paintwork materials used in construction. General specifications "in the list of heavy metals, banned for use in paintwork for interior work, along with lead a hexavalent chromium was specified.
Most often hexavalent chromium is used as a corrosion-protective chromate layer on galvanized steel surfaces. It is a moist, gelatinous film that dries up on the surface. After mechanical damage, discontinuity, cracking, the films demonstrate the ability to self-healing, self-restoration, which makes them very effective corrosion-protective coatings.
At the present time, because of the introduction in action of the directives limiting the use of hexavalent chromium, the problem of its replacement has become most acute. A large number of options have been developed for the replacement of hexavalent chromium, including thick zinc-organic coatings, zinc powder alloys, trivalent chromium-based compounds and so on. Commercially acceptable are several substitutes based on trivalent chromium.