A Perspective for River Operations

It may not be generally recognized, however, a majority of engine degreasers used for cleaning diesel engines in the river operations industry, are made with one or more ingredients that pose significant consequences for worker safety and/or environmental concerns. As relates to the environment; solvents, poor choice surfactants, phosphates, and volatile organic compounds are common components of these products. More importantly, all too often these degreasers are based on or include, highly corrosive chemicals that can cause chemical burns and, in some instances, permanent damage to the skin or eyes. It is important to note, NOT ALL DEGREASERS contain these hazardous elements.

Historically, many issues related to "chemical safety" have flown under the radar. Ever increasing governmental regulations and personal injury lawsuits have generated a focus on "workplace safety," an important objective for all marine operators. By law, the "Jones Act” provides a "Seaman” the right for trial by jury in State or Federal court "if injured in the course of his employment”. This is not presented to alarm; it is simply a serious reality of the "current world” in which we live!

A Question

Can a product be proficient in degreasing applications; can it be safer for worker exposures; can it be safer for environmental concerns; and, can it be certified and substantiated for these claims?

An Answer

Absolutely!!! "L-44® ECD Degreaser”

Our Product Goals

Our purpose is to share with you specific information about our "L-44® ECD” product, its advantages as it relates to the river industry, and how it has been "certified” for the concerns of worker and environmental safety.

From the beginning, our primary goal was centered on a "mandate” to establish documentation to prove product claims! In order to insure credibility, we solicited independent certified laboratories and other agencies that would verify L-44’s advantages for a prospective buyer. Some certifications were fairly straight forward, but other substantiation demanded stringent examinations, required long time frames, and involved considerable expense to complete. In all, justification for the time and expense came from an increased awareness of the negative aspects associated with many chemicals used in river operations. Every effort was devoted to provide a better alternative, and all supporting certifications were established through qualified and recognized organizations. Not just our words!

No one can dispute the concepts for "greener chemistry”. The benefits derived for us all provide positive results for our waters, our land, and the air we breathe. Safety resulting from contact is an even more important consideration, in light of the preponderance of chemicals that can cause personal and lasting harm.

"L-44® ECD” has been substantiated and certified for its performance and efficiency, but its greatest value lies in its recognition by the U.S. EPA under the required qualifying criteria of the Safer Choice Program. Our product has been awarded the right for use of the "U.S. EPA/Safer Choice” logo on its literature and labels. This important "Logo” attests that L-44’s toxicology profile "has been proven” a safer alternative for humans and the environment”! We are pleased with this accomplishment and are confident "L-44® ECD” will support the river operation industry’s dedication for all principles of safety.

We invite you to compare our products for workplace and environmental concerns.


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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