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General guidelines on how to use cleaning chemicals in mines


  1. Identify Cleaning Needs: Determine the specific areas and equipment that require cleaning in the mine. This could include machinery, vehicles, processing equipment, floors, and facilities.

  2. Select Appropriate Cleaning Chemicals: Choose cleaning chemicals that are suitable for the type of dirt, grease, oil, or other contaminants present in the mining environment. Consider factors such as pH, compatibility with surfaces, environmental impact, and safety considerations.

  3. Read and Follow Safety Data Sheets (SDS): Before using any cleaning chemical, familiarize yourself with its Safety Data Sheet (SDS). SDS provides important information about the chemical's hazards, safe handling procedures, protective equipment required, and emergency measures in case of spills or exposure.

  4. Prepare Cleaning Solutions: Dilute the cleaning chemicals according to Safic's recommendations. Use appropriate containers and measuring tools to ensure accurate dilution ratios.

  5. Apply Cleaning Solutions: Apply the cleaning solution to the surface or equipment to be cleaned using appropriate methods such as spraying, wiping, brushing, or soaking. Ensure thorough coverage of the surface or equipment.

  6. Allow Dwell Time: Allow the cleaning solution to dwell on the surface for the recommended time to allow it to penetrate and loosen the dirt or contaminants.

  7. Agitate if Necessary: For stubborn stains or heavily soiled areas, use mechanical agitation such as scrubbing brushes or pressure washers to assist in the cleaning process.

  8. Rinse Thoroughly: After the cleaning solution has had sufficient dwell time, rinse the surface or equipment thoroughly with clean water to remove all traces of the cleaning chemical and loosened contaminants.

  9. Inspect for Residue: Inspect the cleaned surface or equipment for any residue or remaining contaminants. Repeat the cleaning process if necessary.

  10. Dispose of Waste Properly: Dispose of any waste water, cleaning solution, or cleaning residues according to applicable regulations and environmental best practices. Avoid discharging contaminated water into water bodies or soil without proper treatment.

  11. Store Cleaning Chemicals Safely: Store cleaning chemicals in designated areas away from incompatible substances, heat sources, and ignition sources. Ensure containers are properly labeled and sealed to prevent spills or leaks.

  12. Provide Training and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Ensure that personnel handling cleaning chemicals are adequately trained in their safe use and wear appropriate PPE such as gloves, goggles, and protective clothing to minimize exposure risks.

By following these steps and adhering to safety protocols, cleaning chemicals can be effectively and safely used in mining operations to maintain equipment, facilities, and work areas in a clean and safe condition.


Safic offers training on the application, dilution and storage of our chemical range and equipment. Contact us to make use of our service - 011 406 4000 or sales@safic.co.za



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