Client: Pharmaceutical Manufacturer
Issue: Residual Sodium Hydroxide Powder Accumulated on Floors and Machinery in a Production Area
Solution: Create and Execute a Safe and Effective Neutralization Plan
A Pharmaceutical manufacturing client needed a solution to a complex waste problem. Over time, the client had accumulated a coating of residual sodium hydroxide powder and solids on the machinery and floors throughout a production area. This caustic and potentially dangerous residue had created a safety and sustainability problem. It can severely burn a person exposed to it without the appropriate personal protective equipment [PPE]. It can also prematurely degrade machinery.
Because the client already counted on ERC Midwest for industrial cleaning and hazardous waste transportation and disposal solutions, ERCM was top-of-mind with the plant manager when this need arose, and we got the call.
“Can you help us?” was the question.
“Of course,” was our answer.
Normally, a complex problem like this one can be cleaned up and neutralized using water. In this case, that wasn’t possible because the production area could not be exposed to moisture, so a different approach was needed.
The ERC Midwest Industrial Solutions Team collaborated with the client on a solution that could accomplish the clean-up goal using methods that wouldn’t damage the equipment or compromise the area’s environment.
That collaboration led to a solution in which the equipment and the flooring was gently cleaned with neutralizing wipes.
Executing this solution required precision and patience to make sure that the sodium hydroxide residue was removed from every surface. While challenging, the project was completed on time and on budget, as we promised it would.
With the floor and machinery clean, we recommended one final solution to re-brighten a section of steel, diamond-plate flooring that had been dulled by the caustic residue. That brightening step brought back the flooring’s natural shine and beauty, improving the production area’s appearance to a level that matched the important client work happening in that area
We were proud to be the guide that helped this client achieve its goals.
Another complex waste problem solved. Happy Client!