4. Improper Laundering Process
One of the biggest blunders Chisholm sees, especially with companies that manage their own laundering program, is the degradation of PPE due to improper laundering processes.
When it comes to PPE laundering, water is not your friend. Not only can high temperatures prematurely degrade PPE, but water can actually damage certain types of materials, reducing their efficacy and useful life. Additionally, certain chemicals and detergents can damage your PPE. For instance, bleach will actually corrode Kevlar® (that’s right, the material that can stop a bullet folds to bleach).
As the name implies, CLR uses a closed-loop process and doesn’t use water in any of its laundering. Of course, CLR couldn’t share its secret with us, but Chisholm describes it as an environmentally friendly, ‘cradle-to-grave’ process. He explained that in some industries, when manufacturers use a partner that water-washes, the liability for the proper clean-up and disposal of that soiled water actually falls to the manufacturer; CLR’s waterless process eliminates that liability completely. In addition, CLR ensures an environmentally-sound process from the moment PPE is disposed of in a collection point to the moment it’s returned, fully laundered.