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 2013 peer reviewed study published in the "Human and Ecological Risk Assessment Journal," workers using the average number of laundered shop towels (14) each day may ingest an amount of lead:
- •Greater than the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) action level for drinking water.
- •400x higher than health-based criterion for reproductive
effects level set by the California Environmental Protection Agency
Average use may also expose workers to aluminum, cadmium, cobalt, copper and iron at levels many times above those allowed.
The results of this research point toward a hidden risk to millions of workers who use laundered shop towels.
Based on typical usage of towel with maximum intake calculation discussed within the 2013 Gradient study.