, Volume 46, Issue 5, pp 43–45 | Cite as

Pollution-prevention analysis and the quenching of steels

  • William H. Michels
Handling Waste Overview


With the goal of improving process efficiency and reducing risk, this article describes a pollution-prevention analysis technique that can be applied to most secondary steel heat-treating operations involving quenching. Costs, risk assessments, and pollution-prevention options are discussed, as are the effects of quenching on two subsequent processes—parts cleaning and tempering. In contrast to many process comparisons, the issues of worker exposure, material safety and toxicity, liability, waste reduction, reclamation, and disposal are emphasized.


Biocide Work Exposure Material Safety Data Sheet Threshold Limit Value Waste Prevention 


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© TMS 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • William H. Michels
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  1. 1.Pitney BowesUSA

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