BASED ON RECENT RESEARCH, HERE IS WHAT WE KNOW:
100% of "clean" laundered shop towels sampled from a wide range of industries were found to contain potentially toxic lead and other heavy metals.
Based on Gradient's 2011 research, the intake of metals from using 12 towels per day could be up to 3,600 times higher than agency exposure guidelines.1
Lead - up to 3600x
Beryllium - up to 10X
Cadmium - up to 43X
Cobalt - up to 17X
Copper - up to 9X
The results of this research point toward a hidden risk to millions of workers who use laundered shop towels.
- 1 Based on typical usage of towel with maximum intake calculation discussed within the 2011 Gradient study.