Shop Towel News
State of Health? Or Paranoia?January 15, 2013 | Men's Health
"Lead is what we call 'stunningly toxic'," says Caroline Cox, research director for the Center for environmental Health in Oakland, California. "It doesn't go away. Lead is forever."Read More
Hazardous Chemicals Being Released By Connecticut LaundryNovember 20, 2012 | FOX CT News
Hazardous chemicals are being released into the air by industrial laundry company G&K Services. See the Full Story>Read More
When Washing Rags Creates Toxic EmissionsNovember 26, 2012 | NPR "Here and Now"
Environmental regulators in Connecticut found emissions from volatile organic compounds (VOCs) so bad at one laundry, they stopped the facility from cleaning them. Listen to the 8 minute interview.Read More
EPA Investigating Toxic Laundry EmissionsNovember 19, 2012 | Hartford Courant
Laundering shop and print towels, which are cloths used to wipe oil, solvent and
other chemicals off machinery, can fuel the release of VOCs above federal
"Based on EPA documents, this appears to be an issue that has been missed forRead More
a long time," said Steven Rapp, chief of the Air Technical Unit, EPA Region 1.
"It's a complete sleeper."
Preventing The TOXIC Hand-OffSeptember 1, 2005 | Occupational Hazards
Unseen or unknown dermal exposures pose exposure risks to workers.
Read what a former NIOSH industrial hygienist shares.Read More
Industrial Wipes Hang in the BalanceOctober 8, 2012 | Nonwovens Industry
As manufacturers continue to wait for a ruling from the EPA, nonwoven wipes continue to compete.Read More
Navy Cited Over Toxic Chemical ExposureSeptember 7, 2012 | UT San Diego News and AP
The Navy has been cited for safety violations that exposed up to 350 employees atRead More
an aircraft hangar in Coronado (California) to the toxic chemicals lead, cadmium and beryllium, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Clean Shop Towels May Be Hazardous to Automotive WorkersJuly 12, 2011 | Broadcast Segment on KSEE News 24 News at 11, Fresno, CA
Puertas Automotive Services in Fresno receives a bag of freshly washed red towels, every week. At the same time, about 50 rags are sent back to a commercial washing facility. But a new study suggests washed towels that return to automotive shops are not exactly "clean."Read More
New Study Raises Concerns Over Safety Of Laundered Shop TowelsJuly 20, 2011 | Press Release by INDA
A recently released report analyzing the potential risks for workers using laundered shop towels finds that the situation is just as potentially hazardous - and in many cases potentially more hazardous - than when a similar study was completed nearly a decade agoRead More
Towels May Expose Workers to Heavy MetalsJuly 19, 2011 | Article by United Press International (UPI)
A U.S. study found elevated levels of heavy metals in laundered towels used in industrial settings, an environmental and risk science consulting firm says.Read More
Study Shows Toxin Exposure Possible In Cleaned TowelsJuly 13, 2011 | News Release by Automotive Service Association (ASA)
In a report released by Kimberly-Clark, information was revealed regarding the use of towels and the exposure to chemicals in automotive repair shopsRead More
Elevated Metal Levels in Shop Towels May Put Workers at RiskJuly 12, 2011 | Article by Laura Walter, EHS Today
A new study suggests that shop towels may contain damaging levels of heavy metals- even after laundering.Read More
Facts about the 2011 Gradient Study on “Potential Exposure to Metals in Laundered Shop Towels”August 23, 2012 | KCP Response to TRSA Article Read More