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Frequently Asked Questions


1. What is Oil-Dri granular absorbent made of?

2. How do I use Oil-Dri granular clay absorbents?

3. Does your granular product have a shelf life?

4. What is melt blown polypropylene?

5. Why the different colors in polypropylene absorbents?

6. How do I dispose of Oil-Dri products?

7. Where can I buy Oil-Dri products?

8. Did you know?


Answers:

1. What is Oil-Dri granular absorbent made of?

Oil-Dri’s owns and operates clay mining & manufacturing facilities in several States in the U.S. Our granular absorbent products are 100% natural, kiln dried clay with no additives. The all natural minerals are frequently referred to as Fuller’s Earth.

2. How do I use Oil-Dri granular clay absorbents?

Cover the spill with Oil-Dri® and allow the granules to start absorbing. Work in with a stiff broom, shovel or shoe to allow all granules to come in contact with fluids. Add more product until all of the fluid has been absorbed. Once fluids are absorbed, you’re ready to clean it up for disposal.

3. Does Oil-Dri granular clay absorbents have a shelf life?

As a natural earth mineral (clay), if the packages are stored in a normal, dry or climate controlled environment, like the earth itself, the material will last indefinitely. If left exposed to the environment or allowed to get wet, they may over time absorb humidity or fluid that contacts the material, which could inhibit the product’s effectiveness.

4. What is melt blown polypropylene?

Simply put, melt blown polypropylene is made by melting polypropylene resins which are turned into fiber strands and blown onto a conveyer to form an absorbent material that will hold 12-20 times it’s weight in fluid.

5. Why the different colors in polypropylene absorbents?

A color coded system was developed by the industry to better understand the waste stream. Yellow sorbents are used for hazardous fluids and indicate caution when disposing while white sorbents will only absorb petroleum based fluids. Grey absorbents are general purpose and can be used anywhere.

6. How do I dispose of Oil-Dri absorbents?

Oil-Dri® does not give recommendations for disposing of used material as disposal requirements vary from state to state by the type of fluid that has been absorbed. Contact officials in your municipality or the local or state offices of the EPA for proper disposal procedures. See back cover for regulatory contact information.

7. Where can I buy Oil-Dri products?

As a manufacturer, Oil-Dri has a strong policy to sell directly to distributors and retailers for resale purposes only. For information on becoming an Oil-Dri distributor, or to find an Oil-Dri distributor or retailer in your area, please call Customer Service at 800- 645-3747.

8. Did you know?

  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that slips, trips and falls at the same level (falls that are not from an elevated height) are the leading cause of OSHA- recordable injuries, racking up over 152,000 lost work days every year and
    make up almost 20% of all job-related injuries.
  • The average cost of a single slip, trip and fall injury is more than $20,000.
  • 1 in 6 of all lost-time work injuries result from slips, trips and falls with an average of 11 days away from work.
  • Slips, trips and falls account for 15 to 20% of all workers’ compensation expenses.
  • US businesses spend over $36 billion a year in workers’ comp, insurance premiums and lost productivity.
  • 20 – 30% of people who slip and fall will suffer moderate to severe injuries such as bruises, hip fractures or head injuries.
  • According to OSHA, slips, trips and falls cause 15% of all accidental deaths and are second only to motor vehicles.
  • OSHA estimates that over six million facilities in the US are regulated under their Subpart D Standards, which require workplace floors to be “maintained in a clean and, so far as possible, a dry condition” (29 CFR 1910.22).

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