The Benefits Of Vulcathene Chemical Drainage

Arboles UK - Vulcathene beneath a sink
Arboles UK – An example of the Vulcathene ecosystem

The Vulcathene drainage ecosystem consists of waste outlets, sinks, drip cups, anti-siphon traps, dilution recovery traps, and a range of other plumbing fixtures. Boasting over 60 years of use in laboratories across the world, Vulcathene utilises special polypropylene pipe fittings designed for the safe drainage of the harshest of chemicals.

With these credentials in mind, we believe Vulcathene could benefit every working laboratory environment. Here are just a few of the biggest advantages of installing the Vulcathene chemical drainage system in your workspace.

What is Vulcathene?

Created by Durapipe (now Aliaxis), the world’s leading manufacturer of high-performance industrial pipework systems, Vulcathene was designed to allow for the safe drainage of liquid and gas chemicals.

The Vulcathene range includes a multitude of parts, each working together to create an effective and non-hazardous chemical drainage system.

The Durapipe Vulcathene system is designed using co-polymer polypropylene with a 3% carbon black UV stabiliser, making them incredibly durable and preventing chemical gas or liquid leakage.

The BBA-approved system offers the most comprehensive selection of drain accessories, allowing laboratory designers to specify a comprehensive and high-quality chemical drainage system.

Having developed a reputation for being one of the industry’s most effective and dependable laboratory drainage systems, Vulcathene has been installed in laboratories, colleges, schools, hospitals, research centres and universities across the world.

The Vulcathene range

There are a wide variety of products within the Vulcathene range, each of which can be purchased to replace standard drainage products, converting your current drainage system into a system suitable for the removal of chemicals.

Here are just a few of the leading products within the Vulcathene range and what they are each designed to do:

Vulcathene Anti-Siphon Bottle Traps

Arboles UK - Vulcathene Telescopic Bottle Trap
Arboles UK – Vulcathene Telescopic Bottle Trap

Vulcathene bottle traps are designed to keep their seals under the most demanding circumstances, thus preventing the backflow of potentially harmful fumes and the costly closing of laboratories.

All traps feature a rotating adjustable inlet to facilitate installation under bench sinks or drip cups. Inlet nuts are coloured purple for easy identification against imitation products .

Slotted and unslotted wastes

Durapipe Vulcathene Slotted Waste Waste
A Vulcathene Waste

This is ofen where the chemicals start their journey. Vulcathene wastes are compaitable with laboratory sink and Belfast sinks. Not sure which waste is compatible with which sink? Please read this blog post.

Vulcathene Clay Trap

Durapipe Vulcathene Clay Trap V1091501
Durapipe Vulcathene Clay Trap V1091501

The clay trap is at home in any art studio. The clay trap filters sediment that has been put down the sink. You can open it up, inspect the debris, clean it down. The clay trap has a huge capacity of 20 litres.

Drip Cups

Arboles UK - Durapipe Vulcathene Big Drip Cup - V5499001
Vulcathene Drip Cup – V5499001

Drip cups have sloping sides and wide rims to lessen splashing. Oval drip cups offer the flexibility of alternative flange fixings, while large circular drip cups offer a higher capacity. These can be placed on benching

Dilution Recovery Traps

Glass base traps can handle volatile solvents and caustic chemical solutions. They are also useful for directly observing measurable objects and recovering valuable raw materials.

Plug and chain

Durapipe Vulcathene Plug Assembly V5508101
Durapipe Vulcathene Plug Assembly V5508101

The Durapipe Vulcathene plug and chain offers much higher chemical resistance than a standard laboratory sink’s plug and chain, lowering the risk of deterioration and leakage of both chemicals and gases.

Vulcathene pipes

Durapipe Vulcathene Pipe V410310
Durapipe Vulcathene Pipe

Allowing for the safe transportation of chemicals throughout the complete drainage system, Vulcathene pipes are an essential element of the full Vulcathene range. They come in 4m lengths and come in a range of diameters from 38mm to 102mm.

Benefits of Vulcathene chemical drainage

There are many advantages to replacing your standard chemical drainage tools with high-quality products from the Vulcathene range.

Easy installation

Because of its lightweight nature, Vulcathene can be installed by a contractor quickly and with ease. Mechanical Jointing is fast and straightforward and joints are simple to configure and modify, providing flexibility whenever you want to make changes and adjustments.

Ensures laboratory safety

With Vulcathene, chemical waste is safely and securely removed from laboratory sinks and transported through the waste draining system for offsite disposal. Anti-siphon traps prevent the backflow of dangerous fumes, protecting those within the workspace from the complications of hazardous fume inhalation.

Prevents water contamination

This dedicated chemical waste drainage solution is often used in hospitals due to the level of protection that the Vulcathene system provides against the contamination of water supplies.

In both operating theatres and in general hospital wards, the Vulcathene system allows for the safe removal and off-site disposal of chemicals, blood and hazardous waste – a crucial part of protecting staff and patients within a hospital environment.

Allows for safer research environments

Effective chemical drainage solutions are paramount to the safe operation of research environments where various chemicals are used during working hours.

By safely draining and removing chemicals following any research task or experiment, the Vulcathene system works to lower the risk of chemical cross-contamination which could otherwise lead to dangerous reactions and the release of hazardous fumes.

Vulcathene chemical drainage with Arboles UK

Arboles UK is a leading Vulcathene supplier, offering a variety of products and expert knowledge throughout the Vulcathene range.

Alongside the products listed above, we are pleased to offer Vulcathene clay traps, flexible system connectors, the dedicated Vulcathene pipe cutting tool and additional sizes and shapes of drip cups and recovery traps.

The Vulcathene system is designed for use in a wide range of laboratory environments – schools, research centres and hospitals, just to name a few – and we are proud to offer a solution to all. We’ve even supplied to projects at airports and cinema groups.

Browse the full Arboles UK Vulcathene range on our site now or get in touch for more information.

Further reading from the Arboles blog

What Is Vulcathene?

Ways To Use Vulcathene

How To Minimise Hazards In A School Science Lab

Any kind of work with chemicals, gases or scientific equipment brings with it its share of hazards, even if those carrying out the work are experienced adults.

With this in mind, a school science laboratory is an environment that requires thorough care and attention paid to health and safety procedures, as well as effort to minimise hazards wherever possible.

Science is a vast and incredibly interesting subject with so much to learn, so it’s certainly beneficial to children to learn about chemistry in a practical and hands-on way within the school laboratory. However, this is only the case if a safe and hazard-free environment can be created for pupils.

Read on for a look at the most common science lab hazards and ways that teachers and lab technicians can minimise hazards in a school science lab for themselves.

Laboratory Taps by Arboles UK
A typical secondary school laboratory

Provide thorough training

Before allowing students to work with any laboratory grade equipment, thorough training should be given to the class.

Training should consist of a look at the hazards involved with this specific piece of equipment, do’s-and-don’ts for safe use, a look at the features and capabilities of the equipment and, finally, a live demonstration for students.

Essentially, students should never use a piece of equipment without having been fully trained and taught about the equipment first.

Heightening students’ awareness of the features and capabilities of the equipment, as well as the potential consequences of improper use, will deter the group from using the equipment in an unsafe way.

The CLEAPPS website provides a good resource for science teachers, school facilities teams and school laboratory technicians.

Provide sufficient Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

All school laboratories should have an inventory of PPE that can be utilised during lessons involving any potentially harmful chemicals.

Different PPE is needed depending on the particular task, so a school’s PPE supply should be fully prepared with protective goggles, protective coveralls, laboratory-grade face masks and gloves, among other PPE types.

Ensure that all students are aware of the correct donning and doffing procedures for PPE and know where to dispose of their PPE once they are no longer using it.

Lock chemicals and equipment away

Ensure that all chemicals and equipment are safely locked away out of pupils’ reach when not in use.

Chemicals should only ever be accessed by authorised individuals, such as lab technicians or teachers. Students should never be given undiluted chemicals.

Whether in a refrigerator or cupboard, the best course of action when storing chemicals is to keep them away from children by locking them away.

Never leave students unsupervised

It may go without saying but students should never be left unsupervised in a laboratory, even if hazardous chemicals are not in use.

Whether carrying out a practical task or not, there’s still plenty of equipment throughout the room that could become potentially hazardous if used incorrectly – bench-mounted gas taps, for example.

For this reason, children should never be present in the school laboratory without at least one authorised adult present. There should be at least two adults supervising during practical tasks, ensuring all students are watched.

Pay attention to general safety advice

While keeping children and teenagers safe in laboratory environments certainly requires some extra care and attention, that isn’t to say that general lab safety advice should be neglected.

Always ensure that students are adhering to basic lab safety advice at all times. General rules to follow include:

  • Familiarise yourself with all lab safety signs
  • Tie back long hair
  • Do not eat or drink in the lab
  • Wash hands immediately after practical tasks
  • Familiarise yourself with fire extinguishers and where they are located
  • Knowing these basic rules and following them at all times will help to reduce classroom accidents and encourage students to behave responsibly in the laboratory.

Encourage students to report any accidents

Ensure that students know to report any mistakes or accidents to the teacher or lab technician immediately.

In the event that a student made a mistake during an experiment and didn’t wish to tell the teacher for fear of punishment, the consequences could be dire. Explain to pupils that teachers would much rather learn immediately about any mistakes or accidents and that the priority is not reprimanding the student but keeping the class safe.

This includes the reporting of any breakages or damage to lab equipment, which must be taken out of use and replaced immediately.

Spills, leaks, mix-ups and such could all prove disastrous if not dealt with immediately. Encourage students to report all such incidents right away.

Provide emergency precautions

School laboratories must have the necessary emergency treatment equipment on hand to prevent long-term injuries in the case of an accident.

Emergency eye wash stations, safety showers and decontamination booths are all essential pieces of equipment and should be present nearby within any school lab environment.

A bench mounted eyewash that is ideal for schools
Arboles UK – 3120 – Bench mounted emergency eye wash – Ideally suited to the school laboratory

School lab equipment with Arboles UK

At Arboles UK, we’re proud to supply educational institutions in a vast range of countries with the laboratory equipment needed to create a safe and high-standard working environment.

Browse the full Arboles education range and emergency eyewashes or get in touch for more information today.

What Should You Do If A Chemical Spills On Skin?

In any setting where chemicals are used, there is always the potential for injury or harm – especially if those working within this environment aren’t well versed in the best ways to prevent and treat chemical-related injuries.

When skin contact from any chemical spill or splash occurs, every second counts. Taking immediate and effective action is the best way to limit long-term side-effects, so having the correct equipment in place for treatment and ensuring that everyone in the workspace knows exactly how to use it is paramount.

With this in mind, what should you do if a chemical spills on your skin, what are the potential long-term effects of a chemical burn on skin and how can you prevent such injuries from occurring within your work environment in the first place?

Effects of chemical spills on skin

The potential effects of a chemical spill or splash on skin largely depends on two very important factors: the properties of the chemical and the length of time between chemical contact and first aid.

All chemical compounds have a place on the pH scale, with acids placed between 1 and 6 on the scale, neutral compounds at a 7, and alkaline compounds at the higher end of the scale between 8 and 14. The potential effects of alkaline and acidic compounds on skin are very varied but are increasingly severe depending on how close the chemical in question is to either end of the pH scale.

Chemical burns are classed using the same system as other burns – first-degree, second-degree and third-degree burns.  

  • First-degree (superficial) burns are those which only damage the outer layer of the skin. The affected area will likely be red and there may be pain or soreness, but there is usually no long-term damage. If a chemical burn is dealt with quickly or the chemical in question was near-neutral, you may be able to limit the severity of the injury to that of a first-degree burn.
  • Second-degree (partial thickness) burns are those which extend into the second layer of the skin. In these cases, the affected area will likely see some swelling or blistering, potential scarring and will be painful to the touch for a longer period.
  • Third-degree (full thickness) burns are the most severe, as several layers of the skin are damaged, as well as potential damage to the tissue and even the nerves underneath. These injuries usually leave permanent and irreversible damage, are more likely the result of a high-acid substance or a delay to first aid after chemical contact and may need more intensive treatment, such as skin grafting and cosmetic or functional reconstruction.

Whatever the acid or alkaline strength of the substance, limiting the time between contact and treatment is paramount in reducing the severity of the injury overall.

Treatment of chemical spills on skin

If someone within your working environment suffers skin contact with any chemical, the first and immediate action to take is to rinse the affected area under cool running water continuously for 15 minutes.

This should ideally be done using the closest nearby emergency shower, as they are able to expose a much larger surface area of the skin to continuous running water, making them far more effective in immediate chemical burn treatment.

When using a regular sink, the water may be unable to reach the entirety of the affected area at once – if this is the case, ensure that you keep the water moving back and forth across the affected area for the full 15-minute period.

Ensure that any clothing that may have been exposed to the chemical spill or that might prevent the thorough washing of the skin is removed as soon as possible and disposed of appropriately.

Finally, the affected person may be required to seek professional medical attention. If in doubt, call your national non-emergency helpline for advice, but those who have suffered a suspected third-degree or acid burn on skin should always be treated by emergency medical professionals.

Trace heated emergency drench shower
An emergency shower should be placed where ease of access is paramount.

How to neutralize acid on skin

While acid burns are almost always the most serious chemical burns, the first aid advice remains almost exactly the same – any affected clothing should be immediately removed and the burn should be placed under running water for up to 20 minutes.

However, time is even more of the essence when you know that the burn in question has been caused by exposure to an acid. In these cases, call for emergency medical attention as soon as possible – remember, every second counts.

Prevention of chemical spills on skin

It goes without saying that yourself and your peers should do whatever possible to prevent these incidents from occurring in the first place.

This means putting effective training and PPE (personal protective equipment) in place, ensuring that all team members are well-versed in the best practices for protecting themselves from the possibility of skin contact with chemicals. The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) is always a good place to start looking.

Effective training for those who work with chemicals should cover every aspect of chemical contact – the identification, transportation, transferring, storing and use of chemicals all have their own individual best practices, all contributing to the health and safety of everyone in your workspace.

Appropriate PPE should be accessible to all, too. When working with hazardous chemicals, recommended PPE includes laboratory-grade gloves, protective coveralls, face masks and protective goggles, all of which will help to protect those working with chemicals from inhaling dangerous fumes or the chemicals coming into contact with their eyes and skin.

Emergency Washing Stations
A selection of emergency showers, decontamination booths and a wall mounted emergency eyewash

Arboles UK – Emergency Showers

At Arboles UK, we take pride in helping work and education laboratory environments across the globe achieve and maintain the highest standards of health and safety for all.

We offer a wide range of decontamination booths, emergency eye wash stations, tank fed drench showers and emergency showers with a system to suit every setting – all essential equipment for those looking to protect the safety of those throughout their workspace. All our products meet and exceed current ANSI standards.

For more information or to enquire about any product within the Arboles range, get in touch with a member of the team today.

The Effects Of Chemical Splashes In The Eye

An emergency eyewash providing protection  against chemical exposure to the eyes.
An Arboles UK emergency eyewash providing protection against chemical exposure to the eyes.

When it comes to maintaining and operating a successful working environment, having efficient health and safety precautions in place is always paramount.

However, the importance of effective hazard prevention is even greater when your working environment deals with potentially dangerous chemicals, one of the biggest risks associated with this being accidental chemical contact via splashing to the skin and, perhaps most critically, to the eyes.

Familiarising team members with the effects of injuries within the working space is just one of the many key aspects of health and safety training that all employers and educators should be putting into practice, especially when it comes to situations as potentially serious as chemical splashes.

With that in mind, what are the potential effects of a chemical splash in the eye, what treatments are available in these instances and what precautions could all workspaces have in place to prevent them?

Effects of chemical eye splashes

Chemical eye splashes don’t simply occur via liquid splashing – a chemical splash is the umbrella term given to chemical contact in the form of a liquid, mist, vapour, gas, fumes and aerosols. So, if someone within your working environment should find themselves on the receiving end of a chemical splash to their eyes, what are the potential ramifications?

The level of potential harm is dependent largely on the properties of the chemical in question and its position on the pH scale. The closer to neutrality (a position of 7 on the pH scale) the chemical is, the less potentially harmful the chemical splash is likely to be.

However, the more acidic (less than 7) or alkaline (more than 7) the chemical is according to the scale, the higher the potential severity of the splash’s effects.

Of course, this isn’t to say that chemicals towards the middle of the scale shouldn’t be treated with the same care and precaution as those closer to 1 or 14. Treating all chemicals very carefully is good practice for those who deal with chemical substances at any level.

The potential effects of a less severe chemical splash are usually temporary if dealt with quickly and effectively and include blurred vision, swollen eyelids, stinging or burning, irritation and redness. However, if the splash is not dealt with promptly or involved a chemical closer to either end of the pH scale, the effects may be a lot more serious and long-term.

The potential effects of a more serious chemical eye burn include retinal damage, glaucoma, cataracts, corneal ulcers, corneal perforation and, in very severe cases blindness or complete loss of the eye itself.

With that in mind, it’s crucial that the appropriate precautions and training are in place in environments where chemicals are used at any level.

Preventing chemical eye splashes

When looking to prevent chemical splashes, the two most effective tools to utilise are effective training and appropriate PPE (personal protective equipment).

When it comes to training, any person likely to encounter chemicals in your working environment should be given instructions on the best practices for not just using chemicals, but for identifying, transporting, transferring and storing chemicals, too. These are all instances in which malpractice could result in chemical eye splashes, so each one is always worth covering in sufficient    

The amount of PPE required in your working environment is likely to vary depending on the specific type of chemicals being used, as well as the nature of the task itself.

When using highly diluted chemicals for cleaning purposes, for example, rubber gloves should be sufficient to protect the skin.

However, in instances where harsher chemicals are in use or the person carrying out the task is coming into closer contact with the chemicals, more exhaustive PPE is needed. Masks, protective coveralls, and laboratory-grade gloves should always be accessible to team members in these working environments.

In either case, the potential severity of chemical eye burns means that protective goggles should always be worn by those working with chemicals to reduce the risk of these substances coming into contact with the eyes. Gloves are also a must, as harmful chemicals can be transferred to your eyes if you were to touch them with even traces of the chemical on your fingers.

Treatment for chemical splash in the eye

Prevention is, of course, better than a cure – however, a chemical eye burn is always a potential risk in any environment where hazardous chemicals are being used.

If anyone within your working environment suffers a chemical splash to their eyes, it’s crucial that immediate and thorough action is taken.

First off, quickly help the affected person over to the nearest eye wash station and help them to rinse their eyes continuously and thoroughly, with their eyes held open either by themselves or someone else (with thoroughly clean fingers, of course). This should be done constantly for between 15 to 20 minutes, allowing the water to flood the eyes throughout. This needs to be done ideally with air introduced to the water flow otherwise you can risk damage to the retina.

If the affected person is wearing contact lenses, these should be removed as quickly as possible – chemicals may have become trapped between the lens and the eye, hugely increasing the risk of long-term damage.

After rinsing the eyes thoroughly, seek immediate medical attention. An assigned first aider should monitor the affected person during the wait for professional medical help and must be prepared to inform responding paramedics about the chemical involved – whether it was an acid, alkali and what form the chemical took (liquid, powder, fumes, etc.).

The length of time between contact occurring and the eyes being rinsed is a main determining factor in how serious the long-term effects of the injury are, so it’s imperative that your eyewash station is as nearby as possible.

Arboles emergency eyewash stations

When it comes to chemical splashes, every second counts!!

If you work with chemicals in any work or education setting, it’s imperative that your working environment is equipped with at least one emergency eyewash station. All our emergency products are all ANSI, EN etc certified so adhere to / exceed all current standards.

At Arboles UK, we offer a wide range of decontamination booths, emergency eye wash stations, emergency showers and emergency tank fed showers with a system to suit every setting, whether it’s work, education, indoor or outdoor. Health and safety is of utmost important in any setting where chemicals are in use – we’re happy to help companies across the globe achieve and maintain the highest health and safety standards possible.

For more information on any product within the Arboles UK range, get in touch today.

What Type of Equipment Should Be In A School Laboratory?

Laboratory Taps by Arboles UK
Arboles UK – A school science laboratory featuring gas taps, water taps and some cleverly hidden sinks!

When it comes to learning science in schools, it’s important that students and teachers alike are provided with the right technology and an environment conducive with scientific study. Creating a safe and high-quality environment in school laboratories is crucial to ensuring that students can conduct experiments and learn through experience as well as from books.

Whilst there are many pieces of equipment, such as Bunsen burners, glassware like beakers and test tubes, and clothing items like goggles and coats, that may be high on the priority list for creating a school laboratory, there are other things that must be present in order for the laboratory to function.

Here are some of the most important pieces of equipment that should be in a school laboratory, including practical elements as well as those with safety in mind.

Why is laboratory equipment important for students?

Science is a subject that demands practicality; there is only so much a student can learn from a book without seeing it transpire in real life. A learning environment should be challenging and meet the natural curiosity of students, therefore promoting their learning and making it more interesting.

Quality is more important than quantity – safety is paramount for school laboratories, and good equipment means they will get the most out of their lessons.

Sinks

Arboles UK - Laboratory Sink
An Arboles UK Laboratory Ceramic Sink

Sinks are an incredibly important feature of any laboratory. They are crucial mainly for handwashing, as exposure to hazardous materials could occur.

A sink shouldn’t be made of the same material as a standard kitchen sink – a laboratory requires a sink designed for purpose, one created for the space it will occupy to ensure that students are safe and able to clean up with ease.

Our laboratory sinks come in a range of different sizes, suitable for any space. They are hardwearing, and made from heavy-duty fireclay to ensure they are built to last. As well as this, they are easy to maintain due to their stain resistance and anti-bacterial properties – for more information on maintenance, see our recent blog post on keeping your ceramic sinks in tip-top condition. 

Our sinks can be installed beneath the benchtop, integrating seamlessly with your laboratory.

Drainage

Arboles UK - Vulcathene beneath a sink
Arboles UK – A typical Vulcathene installation

With an appropriate sink must come appropriate drainage. Drainage pipes should be robust and chemically-resistant, suitable for any waste that may enter them.

The most suitable material for crafting a laboratory drainage system is Vulcathene, a purpose-designed laboratory drainage system that has been specified and installed for 50 years as a safe solution for transporting chemical waste from school laboratories as well as university labs, hospitals, research facilities and now even large public areas such as cinema complexes!

When you install a Vulcathene drainage system, you should ensure that the entire plumbing system for the laboratories is constructed from this material. Vulcathene is made from Polypropylene. We have a wide range of Vulcathene products, including drip cups, pipes, anti-siphon traps, recovery traps, plugs and chains and the very popular clay traps for art rooms/studios.

Water and gas taps

Again, with a sink and drainage should also come appropriate water taps. Water taps are vital in keeping the work area clean and safe, as hands and surfaces can be cleaned quickly to prevent hazards. Water allows you to clean glassware and can also be used in experiments, so it’s important that you have a few of these installed across your laboratory.

Our laboratory water taps come individually as cold and hot, or together as a mixer tap, with options for fixed nozzles, removable nozzles and the WRAS approved Anti Siphon Nozzle. They are available with lever and quarter turn options.

Gas taps are another laboratory essential; gases are used in many experiments, and it’s important that they can be accessed easily and safely. They are used to control the flow of a variety of gases in lab applications.

Our range of gas taps hold the BSI Gas accreditation, specifically designed for educational and commercial sectors. They are suitable both for natural gas, LPG services amogst many other specialist gases.

Safety equipment

Arboles UK – 3000 – Trigger operated emergency eye wash – ideal for the school science lab!

Each school lab should be fitted with the appropriate safety equipment to ensure that all students are protected from any risks that may occur.

Eyewashes

Whilst goggles should be worn at all times when conducting science experiments, it’s important to have an eye wash to hand in case something goes awry.

Our bench mounted eyewashes are a great addition to any school lab, as they can fit seamlessly into your environment without taking up too much limited space. There is a trigger to operate it that concentrates a flow of water to the casualty, making it essential for a school lab.

Our eyewashes introduce air into the flow which softens the flow of the water to provide soft irrigation unlike ‘temporary’ solutions such as a tube connected to a tap or even the portable eyewash bottle.

You could also opt for a wall mounted eyewash, which will also stay out of your way until needed. Placed near the teachers desk would be the ideal location and it can also be used for hosing down equipment!

For more information on standards etc or for product recommendations please call us on +44 (0) 1204 388 814 or drop us a message via the Contact Us page.

How To Clean A Ceramic Sink

Arboles UK Belfast Sink BS0300010
Arboles UK Belfast Sink BS0600010

Keeping a clean and sanitary working environment is always important, but it’s absolutely essential within any working laboratory setting.

At the end of every task, any equipment, chemicals or other apparatus should be cleaned up and/or disposed of safely. Following this, the laboratory sink must be cleaned thoroughly, too.

In order to keep your laboratory sink in great condition, it’s important to familiarise yourself with the best cleaning practices, why your sink should be cleaned in a certain way and what to do if your sink becomes stained.

How to clean a ceramic sink

When cleaning out a kitchen or bathroom sink, you may find yourself using bleach, de-greaser or other products – products which certainly can’t be used when it comes to the cleaning of laboratory sinks.

In order to maintain a safe working environment, it’s crucial that chemical cleaning products which aren’t created with laboratory cleaning in mind are kept away from your laboratory sink due to the risk of hazardous chemical reactions.

It may seem overly cautious, but bleach (or a similar product) mixing with even the slightest trace of a hazardous chemical could cause a disastrous and incredibly dangerous chemical reaction.

For that reason, it’s best to keep it simple when it comes to cleaning your ceramic sink – a damp cloth with hot, soapy water is all you need to do the job.

How to clean a stained ceramic sink

If a stain appears within the sink, resist the urge to reach for the bleach.

As previously mentioned, the slightest trace of chemicals within a laboratory sink could become incredibly dangerous if exposed to bleach or a similar chemical cleaning product.

First, attempt to use the rough side of a standard cleaning sponge to scrub away the stain using hot, soapy water.

This may take a little more time and effort depending on the severity of the stain, perhaps even more than one cleaning session. However, try to persevere with it – using soap and water is the safest way to go about removing the stain from a sink in a laboratory setting.

If the stain still shows no signs of fading, using a natural cleaner – salt, lemon juice, etc. – with a damp cloth is your next best option.

In order to keep your sink in perfect condition, refrain from scrubbing the stain with anything too abrasive (steel or wire wool pads, etc.) as this may cause superficial damage to the ceramic.

How often should I clean my laboratory sink?

Arboles UK Laboratory Sink LB0300010
Arboles UK Laboratory Sink LB0300010

In order to keep your sink in peak condition and to maintain the highest of hygiene standards within your laboratory, your sink should be cleaned thoroughly with soap and hot water every day at the very least.

If you’ve been working with chemicals that may have passed into the sink during handwashing, the sink should be immediately cleaned afterwards.

How durable are laboratory sinks?

At Arboles UK, we pride ourselves on providing the highest quality laboratory equipment and appliances to working laboratories across the world.

Our range of ceramic sinks includes products suitable for an even wider range of sectors – Arboles Belfast sinks are used everywhere from schools to commercial kitchens.

Resistant to acid, alkali, stains, chemicals and odours, they’re a great choice for those with durability and high quality in mind.

Our robust laboratory sinks are designed for long-term professional use and combine durability and premium performance with a modern aesthetic. We offer a range of sizes to suit a range of working environments, with each product offering practicality, versatility and high quality.

Be sure to browse our collection of both Belfast sinks, laboratory sinks and cleaner sinks here on our website to find the perfect sink for your working needs.

Furthermore, all our sinks are perfectly compatible with the Vulcathene chemical drainage ecosystem, too.

For more information

At Arboles UK, we have been providing durable and highly effective laboratory taps, Vulcathene chemical drainage, laboratory sinks, emergency showers, emergency eye washes and much more to worldwide working environments across a range of sectors since 1997.

For more information on any of our products or to request a call back to discuss your individual needs, feel free to contact Arboles UK via phone, email or direct message today.

How To Install An Emergency Shower

A wall mounted safety shower by Arboles UK
A wall mounted safety shower by Arboles UK

When it comes to the laboratory and other hazardous substance environments, safety is paramount.

Working with chemicals in any capacity has the potential to be hazardous, should you or your peers come into direct contact with a chemical substance.

In these instances, it’s crucial that your laboratory or hazardous area is equipped with the means to rinse the chemicals away as quickly as possible and limit the potential for harm.

There are multiple types of emergency wash stations on the market, each suited to a range of laboratory and plant settings.

Emergency showers are one of the most powerful safety apparatus available to those working in a hazardous environment, allowing the user to quickly wash away any chemicals that they may have invertedly come into contact with.

If you believe that an emergency shower may be a beneficial addition to your own laboratory or plant environment, read on for a look at the many models available and for advice on how to pipe in an emergency shower.

Choosing the right emergency shower for your lab

Arboles UK - 1100 - Shower
Arboles UK – 1100 – Ceiling Mounted Shower

There is a wide range of emergency showers on the market, each with varying fittings, settings and capabilities.

The installation process of your emergency shower will be different depending on the model of shower that you use and where in the room the shower is mounted.

Here at Arboles UK, we offer a variety of emergency showers suitable for a range of settings.

Installing a tank fed emergency shower

Emergency tank fed drench shower with eye bath and walk on platform operation
Emergency tank fed drench shower with eye bath and walk on platform operation

For those without the means to pipe in an emergency shower, a tank fed emergency shower is the obvious choice.

These safety showers take their water supply from an overhead tank, allowing for instant access without the need to connect the shower to the internal plumbing system.

Arboles UK supplies a range of tank fed showers, some with the capability to deliver constant tepid running water to a casualty for over 15 minutes, which meets and exceeds current ANSI standards.

For those looking for an all-in-one emergency wash solution, a tank-fed shower with a combined emergency eye wash station is a great option. These stations use the same overhead water tank as the shower itself, allowing for a reliable emergency eye wash solution even without the means to an internal water supply.

There’s a tank-fed shower in the Arboles range for every setting. Those in need of our highest-specification all-in-one solution could benefit greatly from the 1500l Tank Fed Emergency Shower With Eyewash, Side-Panelling & Platform, while our 350l Tank Fed Emergency Shower With Eyewash, Side Panelling & Platform is a more compact solution for smaller laboratory environments.

Installing a ceiling, floor or wall-mounted emergency shower

The Arboles UK 4220 AW Emergency Drench Shower
A floor mounted emergency shower with a trace heating kit installed.

Installation is slightly more complex when it comes to ceiling, floor and wall-mounted emergency showers.

Our ceiling-mounted showers are the ideal solution for those looking to minimise the space that an emergency shower occupies.

The 1100 Ceiling Mounted Emergency Shower, manufactured using high-quality galvanised steel with a chemical resistant rilsan coating, should be installed at a height where the spray head is between 210cm and 230cm above the level where the user will stand.

For this reason, it’s crucial to ensure that there is ample distance between the ceiling and floor if you are interested in this model.

Wall-mounted emergency showers are a great option for both indoor and outdoor settings where a separate eye wash station is available.

The 1100 Wall Mounted Emergency Drench Shower is hard-wearing and easily operated using the straightforward pull rod mechanism. This model can also have the Arboles UK Trace Heating & Insulation Kit retrofitted to prevent pipes freezing in the instance that the shower is fitted outdoors.

Finally, our range of floor mounted showers includes both simple drench shower models and models that include a combined eye wash station for an all-in-one solution.

The Floor Mounted Emergency Shower is a simple, yet incredibly effective option for settings that requires only a drench shower. This shower is operated using a straightforward pull-rod and will supply continuous running water until the pull-rod is returned to its original position.

For those requiring the addition of an included eye wash station, consider the 4250 Floor Mounted Drench Shower With Treadle Operated Eyewash. This model is just as simple to use throughout, even with its added eyewash capabilities, which are just as effective as those found in a dedicated emergency eyewash station.

How to pipe in an emergency shower

Before purchasing your shower, ensure that you have chosen the correct model for your laboratory environment by comparing the supply inlet with the one installed in your workspace. The models recommended above use inlets between 1” and 1 ¼”.

It’s also crucial that you consult the manufacturer’s instructions for your chosen shower before beginning the installation process, as the directions will vary between models.

However, Arboles UK ceiling, floor and wall-mounted showers have each been designed with ease of installation in mind.

Our units are delivered in several parts which can be easily fit together in the order given in the included instructions. The diagrams provided include a clear indication of where the water supply should be connected to the unit, with some models including a second alternative supply connection point.

Once the unit has been fit to the supply point, use any recommended fastens or sealant to fix it into place.

Where should I fit my shower?

Ideally, your emergency shower and eye wash stations should be as close as possible to any areas where a potential hazard may occur.

In the event that someone within your working environment were to come into contact with a hazardous chemical, every second counts when attempting to limit the damage. For this reason, your emergency wash stations should be close by and ready to use immediately in the event that any accidents occur.

If your existing supply outlets are placed far enough from your workspace that any connected wash stations aren’t immediately accessible, consider having additional outlets fitted before purchasing your emergency shower.

Additional information

To browse the full range of Arboles UK emergency showers and eye wash stations, visit the Emergency Laboratory Showers page here on our website.

For more information on any of our products or to speak with an Arboles adviser, contact us via phone, email or direct message today.

For more information on ANSI standards click on the link: https://ansi.org/

Ceramic Sinks – Back on the menu!!

As you all know, last year proved especially difficult for the supply chain regardless of industry and one area we struggled with was the quick supply of ceramic sinks.

Not this year!

We’ve got a far more robust supply chain in place and a bolstered level of stock this year to distribute ceramic sinks.

The usual three versions are available:

  1. The Belfast – available in 4 sizes and has an overflow.
  2. The Laboratory – available in 4 sizes and doesn’t have an overflow
  3. The cleaners / utility sink – available in 3 sizes and available as a package.

The Belfast sink is incredibly versatile and can be used in all sorts of functions – from art rooms to laboratories to the kitchen. These have the weir in to help with a potential over flow problem

The Laboratory (or Larch) style sink is predominantly used in the lab.

The cleaners sink is probably the most under regarded and most popular! They are at home in schools, offices, hospitals, hotels…and anywhere else you can find a mop and bucket!

Our ceramic sinks have a variety of properties that make them ideally suited to the education and private markets alike. The top ten are:

  1. Antibacterial
  2. LIFETIME warranty
  3. Fully recyclable
  4. Made from natural materials
  5. Heat proof
  6. Odour resistant
  7. Chemical resistant
  8. Dirt and stain resistant
  9. Impact resistant
  10. Waste disposal compatible

The sinks fit seamlessly with our existing product set, so the WRAS approved laboratory water taps and Vulcathene chemical drainage ecosystem.

Want to know more? Give us a shout by using the Contact page.

Arboles UK: Christmas Holiday 2021

Arboles UK Christmas Holiday
Castleton, High Peak, Derbyshire.

Well folks it’s that time of year again and how quickly has it come around?! It doesn’t seem two minutes ago since the last Christmas announcement was being penned!

We at Arboles UK would like to thank you for your continued support and custom over 2021. We really do appreciate it!

For the Christmas break we’ll be downing tools and closing on Thursday, 23rd December at noon.

The last despatch day will be Tuesday, 21st December.

We’ll be back open on Tuesday, 4th January 2022 (!) at 0730.

If you need to contact us over this period, please email sales[at]arboles.co.uk or send us a message via our Contact page and we’ll respond on our return.

Once again, The Arboles UK team would like to thank you for all your business and we wish you a very happy Christmas and a superb 2022!

ARB-TS350: Small & Punchy!

Emergency tank fed drench shower with eye bath and walk on platform operation
Emergency tank fed drench shower with eye bath and walk on platform operation

Let us introduce our new emergency tank fed shower – the ARB-TS350 has a smaller footprint and offers 350L feed which gives just over 5 minutes of deluge. The safety shower comes with an eyewash that can be placed on either side.


The shower boasts the usual 304 stainless steel frame with a GRP tanks and panels.

If you’re short on space this could be a viable option for you!

Have a look at it and if you have ay questions – you know where we are – Contact Us.