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Minimization of Impacts on the User’s Health and the Environment by PT and MT Consumables

Users of MT and PT-consumables are forced to think about the use of label free and environmentally accepted products. The REACH-legislation is fully in force and the new labelling regulation CLP has to be applied as well and brings an additional pressure to this situation. Leading manufacturers of NDT consumables have already improved their products in order to match these requests without influencing the general performance. While the main focus is still on the potential health hazards of the MT- and PT- materials, another important aspect is the environmental impact of the products. As one of the first companies Pfinder has done a carbon footprint evaluation of widely used NDT consumables in order to optimize their environmental influence. This enables the users of NDT process materials to make decisions not only based on technological and monetary criteria. The minimization of impacts on the user’s health and the environment can now be taken into consideration better than ever before.

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