Coolant management is a service which determines the health of your metalworking fluids. Coolant monitoring checks include; dilution, pH, temperature, tramp oil and general condition. These checks should be taken and results recorded monthly at a minimum, and a historical record of results should be kept for five years.
It can take only a few minutes to conduct some coolant monitoring checks, tramp oil is a visual assessment. pH and dilution results can also be taken and recorded quickly on site. Dipslide testing can take a little longer to determine results. samples are taken onsite, then the dipslides are incubated in our lab, at a temperature of 30°C.
Dipslides are incubated for 48 hours to check for bacteria and 72 hours for yeasts and moulds. This incubation period ensures that quantifiable micro-bacterial growth is achieved.
The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) requires employers to carry our routine coolant monitoring checks to protect those exposed to metalworking fluids. Applying COSHH principles of ‘good control’ minimises the risk to the health of operatives.
Maintaining metalworking fluids not only decreases the risk to the health of operatives, but also helps to increase the life of the coolant, improves product performance and manufacturing quality and reduces waste disposal costs.