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Published: March 17, 2020

Q: We are looking for a phosphate free detergent to comply with the EPA document SESDPROC-205-R3 Field Equipment Cleaning and Decontamination.

A: On the EPA government website, for field equipment cleaning and decontamination, the following statement is made: Detergent shall be a standard brand of phosphate-free laboratory detergent such as Liquinox® or Luminox®. Liquinox® is a traditional anionic laboratory detergent and is used for general cleaning and where there is concern for the stability of the cleaned items in harsher cleaners. Luminox® is a specialized detergent with the capability of removing oils and organic contamination. It is used in lieu of a solvent rinse step in cleaning of equipment for trace contaminant sampling.

In short, we would recommend Liquinox® Critical Cleaning Liquid Detergent for the majority of applications.   Liquinox is a broad spectrum, general cleaner that can remove a wide range of organic, inorganic, and organometallic residues.

Luminox® Low-Foaming Neutral pH Liquid Detergent is a suitable replacement for an additional solvent rinse step where you are particularly concerned about trace organic residues.  Generally speaking, Luminox detergent would be used in addition to Liquinox to replace something like an acetone rinse for very trace organic residue sampling equipment cleaning.  If the equipment you are cleaning is not highly soiled, and you are mostly concerned about trace organics, you could clean in Luminox alone.  Liquinox detergent is the better choice as a sole cleaning agent for field sampling equipment because it is a powerful emulsifier.

Disinfection and/or sterilization of equipment would follow, as required.

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2 responses to “Comply With EPA Field Equipment Cleaning and Decontamination”

  1. Goes Paryanto GO says:

    We are interesting Alconox product Water based can mix with sea water to clean oil refinery sludge, soil, dirt oil grease, hydrocarbon, bitument tar, paraffin etc inside tube bundle heat exchanger made of aluminium, brass, titanium, galvanize, stainlee steel and after cleaning waste chemical can throw-away on the sea or ocean without any kills marine growth, safe environment, any certificate of IMO(International Marine Organization)?
    And advised product Sludge oil refinery removal to treatment to zero waste disposal.
    Awaiting your early email reply, We thank you for your cooperation and prompt attention reply.
    Kind Regards,
    Goes Paryanto GO, PT. Harnike Bahtera Handal
    Balikpapan, Indonesia Mob+62 81250267125


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