"L-44® ECD Degreaser” is the cornerstone and "concept product” of our line of L-44® trademarked cleaning compounds specifically designed for Marine and River Operations. From laboratory development formulations beginning in early 2008, actual "in use on board” tugboat field trials throughout 2009, and with revised formulas from lessons learned, our final formulation was formally submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for recognition under the qualifying criteria of the Safer Choice Program. In December of 2009 we excitedly announced our company and product had been awarded a "Recognized Partnership” by the EPA. Granted with our new "Partnership”, is the right for use of the "U.S. EPA/Safer Choice” Logo on our label and associated literature. The EPA/Safer Choice logo attests that our product has been reviewed and certified as compliant under the Safer Choice Standards for this "focused” EPA program of environmental and safety concerns.
The Concept and Trademark
L-44® ECD was our starting point for what we envisioned as an eventual line of products specifically designed for maritime applications. Our goal was to insure and substantiate all formulations for "Safety”. It is important to understand that EPA’s "Safer Choice Standards” as applies to safety includes all considerations for humans, as well as, for the environment (water, land, and air). In efforts to further identify our product line, we chose to trademark "L-44” for exclusive use with our "EPA/Safer Choice” approved products. Our intent is not only to garner name recognition, but hopefully develop an industry understanding that all "L-44® ” products have been qualified for this unique EPA certification.
Our company has been honored and particularly privileged to receive industry participation in testing product efficiency from a number of river operations. The value of this cooperative relationship not only confirms performance, but it provides an avenue for a meaningful link to a greater meaning for us all. As with our most recently approved L-44®SSC; its development was the result of a direct request of a respected industry member. Our roll in this industry/ formulator/EPA process was to insure and research the starting ingredient base for performance characteristics, but most importantly as it impacts concerns for humans and the environment. We feel this interchange of all involved represents a "Perfect Example” of how industry, manufacturing, and regulatory agencies can, and have worked together to achieve a common goal for safer chemicals. This is not just a nice feature for our product; it exemplifies "the value of the process”; a cooperative effort of many that results in a better product, a better environment, and when combined, dramatically supports an even greater value; a better planet for us all.
L-44® ECD Degreaser was specifically designed for use in cleaning diesel engines. It is easily applied with the use of a "pump style” garden sprayer. We suggest a starting dilution of 1 part product to 4 parts water, and for regularly cleaned engines 1 part to 9 parts water. Thoroughly saturate all soiled surfaces, allow for 2-3 minutes of contact time, and follow with a final rinse. Pressured water works best.
L-44® ECD was our starting point for what we envisioned as an eventual line of products specifically designed for maritime applications. Our goal was to insure and substantiate all formulations for "Safety”. It is important to understand that EPA’s "Safer Choice Standards” as applies to safety includes all considerations for humans, as well as, for the environment (water, land, and air).
"I have worked for Luhr Bros. Inc. for 26 yrs on the boats and in their office. I came in the office in 1996 as a Safety Manager. We have been using the "L-44® ECD” Degreaser for about 4 yrs. From my perspective as a Safety Professional, the L-44® "ECD” Degreaser we are using is better than any other degreasers we have used by far. With "L-44® ECD” Degreaser we have an environmentally safe product, and no crew members having to attend medical facilities due to being burned by direct skin contact. Also it does a great job cleaning our engines and not fading the paint job. I encourage all the river companies to give it a try.”
Luhr Bros Inc. Marine Division