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Environmental Exposures for DryCleaning Businesses

As experts in the drycleaning industry, your clients are well-versed in how to ensure their company runs smoothly and how to take care of their customer’s needs. However, running this type of business comes with its fair share of risks- many of which are environmentally related. As we explore the common risks that your clients need to mitigate, ensure they are backed by an iron-clad FabriCare Advantage Insurance program, specially crafted to respond to their unique exposures.

First, failing to incorporate adequate housekeeping practices can cause significant safety risks in your client’s drycleaning business. Anything from not wiping up spills immediately to not informing employees where each drain runs off to can cause damage, as well. Next, ensure your clients do their duty in confining and disposing of hazardous waste correctly.

Because of these serious threats, it’s important for your clients to hire staff who take their responsibilities seriously. For example, dryer and air exhaust released into the atmosphere are known environmental hazards, so your clients should consult with their insurance professionals today to learn how to mitigate this risk and protect their business. If employees are lax about managing these harmful chemicals or are releasing them into the neighborhood without care, a serious lawsuit could be on their hands.

As solvents used in drycleaning can have harmful effects on the skin, safe handling and usage of these products is a must. What’s more, your clients are required to store them in an appropriate solvent storage container, especially as chlorinated solvents can decompose into hazardous products such as phosgene and carbon monoxide when exposed to fire. In addition, the disposal technique of these harmful chemicals needs to be audited by professional contractors regularly to ensure compliance.

Lastly, your clients are encouraged to implement an employee safety and training program within their businesses. Ensure your clients have constant surveillance over the premises and that their employees are trained to respond to an emergency spill situation.

About Irving Weber Associates

At Irving Weber Associates, Inc., we understand what it takes to run a successful Dry Cleaner or Laundromat business, including investing in a comprehensive FabriCare Insurance Program to ensure that you are financially protected against legal claims. Our program includes specialty coverages including Environmental and General Liability, Property, Pollution Liability, Boiler & Machinery, Business Auto, and many more. For a detailed look at how we can safeguard your business with a custom-tailored package, please contact our experts today at 855-661-4557.