L-44® ECD Degreaser meets Safer Choice’s stringent health and safety criteria


About – Development

From the beginning, we focused our attention on the river transportation industry due to its dependence on diesel power plants to move the tugs and barges specific to their operations. Our goal was to develop a formulation "designed for safety” that would provide tug operations with superior performance, and yet be "friendly” for the worker and environment. Claiming it is one thing, substantiating it is another.

The project was straightforward: 

  • Formulate a degreaser offering superior performance advantages.
  • Substantiate its cleaning ability through required testing protocols.
  • And most importantly, verify the product formulation for safety, worker, and environmental concerns as mandated by the U.S. EPA’s Design for the Environment (Safer Choice) program.

After nearly two years of research and technical cooperation with outside expertise, we finalized the formulation for L-44ECD. Next, with the cooperation of an industry fleet operation, the final formulation was evaluated for performance against a nationally recognized name brand product. After six months of field trials, the final formulation was successfully approved and ultimately presented to the Safer Choice Program for review under Safer Choice’s Standard* for Safer Cleaning Products.

With pride, we are pleased to relay our Partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Safer Choice Program. L-44® ECD Degreaser meets Safer Choice’s stringent health and safety criteria and is allowed to carry the Safer Choice label.

*To qualify for Safer Choice recognition, a product undergoes a rigorous evaluation involving detailed submission of the ingredient components to an approved third party profiler for review of the toxicology concerns as apply to both human health and the environment. Additionally, applicants must submit the results of performance/cleaning efficiency evaluations specific for the product’s intended use. These rigorous evaluation criteria are mandated by the U.S. EPA’s Safer Choice Program in order to ensure the manufacturing and use of products with safer ingredients also meet high performance standards.

Recognized for Safer Chemistry

When you see the Safer Choice label on a product, it means that EPA’s scientific review team has evaluated every ingredient for potential human health and environmental effects and allowed only the safest ingredients that meet stringent EPA criteria to be used. Safer Choice-labeled products do not contain known chemicals of potential concern such as carcinogens, reproductive or developmental toxicants. Even minor product components like dyes and fragrances are screened for safety.

Our right of use for the U.S. EPA/Safer Choice logo simply defines that L-44® ECD meets all considerations for environmental and human health characteristics based on currently available scientific understandings. Recognition of any product does not constitute an endorsement by the EPA.

Proposal and Invitation

With so many options for your engine degreasing applications, finding a product that is recognized for safety, performance, worker exposure, and environmental concerns has been a difficult challenge…until now. We believe L-44® ECD will not only meet your expectations for performance, we are confident in its economies of use, and we are certain our Safer Choice-labeled product will alleviate your safety concerns for the worker and the planet.

It would be our pleasure to provide a working quantity sample so our product can speak for itself!


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What People Say

"I have been using degreasers for many years and have never had the quality of degreaser that I am now using with the L-44® ECD. It reduces the amount of time I have to spend in the engine room cleaning which allows me more time to concentrate on my other duties. The younger generation of engineers are going to be spoiled by using a higher quality of degreaser than we had to use in the past. They will spend less time cleaning and no burning or skin irritation when it comes in contact with your skin.”

Rick Myers, Chief Engineer , M/V Twyla Luhr