Preventing Pollution at Your Auto Repair Facilities - Part 02, Aqueous Brake Washers: Chapter 01: Use of Aqueous Brake Washers
Chapter Abstract: Part 2 of 6 for this series, clip 1 of 2 for this part. Many facilities use aerosol cans of brake cleaner to clean and wet the brake area. Aqueous brake washers can provide both cost and environmental benefits over solvent brake washers and aerosols. The benefits of aqueous brake washers include, little or no emissions, they are nonflammable, there is no air quality degradation and no empty aerosol cans, they can reduce shop liabilities and save money. Roll-up aqueous brake washers use compressed air to pump solution through a flow-through brush. The debris is then filtered keeping the solution clean. Units can also adjust to different heights. The brake assembly should be dried using compressed air. Spent filters should be handled as hazardous or non-hazardous waste based upon test results. Aqueous brake washing solution is changed only once every three years.
Author: California Department of Toxic Substances Control - Office of Pollution Prevention
Publication Date: 2003
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|Chapter 01: Use of Aqueous Brake Washers|
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