Checking the label: its importance to your hdd company

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The construction industry frequently introduces rules and regulations that can affect your business operations. Many of these regulations, such as those from OSHA, are designed to ensure worker safety. In addition, in the horizontal directional drilling industry (HDD), regulations often aim to safeguard the quality of our drinking water.

Two common certifications you may encounter when bidding on environmentally sensitive projects are NSF/ANSI Standard 60 (NSF-60) and NSF/ANSI 61 (NSF-61). These were developed by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) at the request of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) in collaboration with other organizations. These standards and certifications apply to all direct and indirect drinking water additives.

  • NSF-60 sets a minimum requirement for controlling potential adverse human health effects from products used in water treatment.
  • NSF-61 imposes stringent requirements for the control of equipment that comes into contact with potable water or products that support the production of potable water.

How NSF-60 and NSF-61 apply to the HDD industry

During the HDD process, drilling fluids and other consumable products, such as thread lube, could potentially come in contact with drinking water sources.

While many HDD projects do not require adherence to certain regulations, environmentally sensitive areas such as wetlands, rivers or lakes may necessitate compliance. In some instances, project owners may require your company to follow these regulations.

In such circumstances, you may be restricted from using certain additives or lubricants that are typically used in other projects. This is why reading the product label is crucial.

Which certifications to look for

The NSF-60 certification primarily pertains to drilling fluid additives, such as bentonite. Conversely, the NSF-61 certification is relevant for consumable products used with your HDD tooling, including thread compound and other lubricants.

Several manufacturers, including Vermeer, offer options that will help you continue to work efficiently on projects with extra regulations.

Where to go for help

For any questions about suitable consumable products in sensitive ground conditions, please contact your local Vermeer dealer.

To learn more about NSF 60 and 61, visit FAQ: NSF/ANSI/CAN 600 In Relation to Standards for NSF/ANSI/CAN 60 and 61.

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