Dow Microbial Control, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company, will host a “Genuine Glutaraldehyde” Academy developed specifically for the oil and gas industry on Wednesday, the 7th of May. The event will introduce the latest microbial control solutions and best practices in sustainability and regulatory compliance for the industry, as well as help attendees distinguish glutaraldehyde from non-genuine product options.
“Dow’s global “Genuine Glutaraldehyde” Academy is designed to educate attendees about the numerous benefits of glutaraldehyde and help them learn how to distinguish genuine product from non-genuine options,” said Moosa AL-Moosa, general manager, Dow UAE. “This campaign is part of Dow’s commitment to our customers and stakeholders who have a vested interest in this issue for the good of the petrochemical industry as a whole.”
Glutaraldehyde is a versatile microbiocide that offers advantages in a host of applications, including controlling microbes found in industrial operations such as oilfields and cooling towers. It offers broad efficacy, is biodegradable and formaldehyde free, and is also non-carcinogenic, non-persistent and non-bio-accumulative, which distinguishes it from many other biocides.
Since being introduced more than six decades ago, glutaraldehyde has become one of the most effective and versatile molecules available. However, its widespread success has spawned blended products of non-genuine glutaraldehyde that can replicate the specific gravity and aldehyde titration results of Genuine Glutaraldehyde. As a result, customers do not receive what they paid for and specified.
“Although glutaraldehyde is often confused with formaldehyde and shares the chemical family name ‘aldehyde’, their chemical and toxicological properties are significantly different, and that was one of the reasons for our educational campaign,” said Mark Henning, President of Dow Microbial Control. “Moreover, there are often environmental, health and safety issues to consider with these blended products, and the personal protective equipment requirements may differ – especially for free formaldehyde, which is a known carcinogen”.
In conjunction with its Genuine Glutaraldehyde program, Dow Microbial Control has created a special website devoted to Glutaraldehyde (www.Glutaraldehyde.com). It features useful glutaraldehyde-related information, including links to technical documents and resources, as well as a Genuine Glutaraldehyde Cost Calculator to help customers determine how much they should be paying for their blended products.
The comprehensive half-day Academy will be held at the Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche hotel. Dow also hosted a similar Academy for the Kuwait oil and gas industry on the 5th of May at the Jumeirah Messilah Hotel.
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