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There is presently no federal requirement for centrifuging launderable shop
towels before they are sent off-site to your laundry service. The present
regulation that the EPA is working on does not specifically require
centrifuging either, however it does seem to be presented in a manner that
shows that it would be a "preferred" method of "drying" shop rags before
they are sent off-site.
While we are all waiting for a final regulation that will hopefully provide
some direction and clarification to the states as to the "status" of soiled
shop towels; I wanted to clarify this point, as there are additional costs
to consider with the installation of a centrifuge. Class I, Div I electrical
components, the installation of a self contained room with explosion relief
panels, personnel training, etc. all start to come into play after the initial
purchase price is settled on.
At present, DOT regulations or state specific interpretations rule how rags are
dealt with, but it seems that in any case where rags are transported, the
requirement is that there are no "free-liquids" in the containers when they
are transported. Centrifuging isn't the only way that the rags may be dried.