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Table ES-2: Workplace Practices and Their Benefits

Workplace Practices

Benefits

Keep chemicals in safety cans or covered containers between uses Reduces materials loss; increases worker safety; reduces worker exposure
Use plunger cans, squeeze bottles or specialized spraying equipment to apply chemicals to the screen Reduces potential for accidental spills; reduces materials use; reduces worker exposure
Consider manual, spot-application of chemicals, where applicable Reduces materials use; reduces worker exposure if aerosol mists are avoided
Use a pump to transfer cleaning solutions from large containers to the smaller containers used at the work station Reduces potential for accidental spills; reduces worker exposure
Reduce the size of the towel or wipe used during clean-up More efficient use of the towel; reduces solvent use; reduces worker exposure
Reuse shop towels on the first pass with ink remover Reduces material (shop towel and ink remover) use; reduces worker exposure
Evaluate alternative chemical: water dilution ratios (increase the amount of water) Reduces chemical usage with no loss of efficiency; reduced worker exposure
Only apply chemicals where necessary Reduces chemical usage; reduces worker exposure
Avoid delays in cleaning and reclaiming the screen Simplify ink and emulsion removal; less potential for haze on the screen
Gravity-drain, wring, or centrifuge excess solvent from rags Recovers solvent for reuse
Place catch basins around the screen during the screen cleaning/reclamation process Captures chemical overspray for recovery and reuse
Use appropriate personal protective equipment (gloves, barrier cream, respirator, etc.) Reduces worker exposure

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