IRSST - Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail

Using Bacterial and Enzymatic Preparations as Substitutes for Solvents in Cleaning and Degreasing


In recent years, new biotechnological cleaners and degreasers have come onto the market as substitutes for solvent-based products derived from petrochemicals. Used in many industries, these bio-cleaners are bacteria- and enzyme-based aqueous preparations about which little is known as concerns the risks to the workers exposed to them. The researchers in the present project wish to produce a monograph containing information on the physicochemical properties, forms of use, forms of exposure, health-and-environmental effects, regulation and risk prevention as regards these new products. The monograph will serve as a reference for OHS workers carrying out concrete projects to replace solvents with products that are less hazardous to workers.

Additional Information

Type: Project
Number: 2010-0052
Status: Completed
Year of completion: 2014
  • Michel Gérin (Université de Montréal)
  • Jacques Lavoie (IRSST)