Electrolysis is the process of using electricity (Direct Current) to cause a chemical reaction. The three main components required for this process are the electrodes, electrolytes and a power source. Electrodes are conductors that connect to terminals on a battery, where electricity will enter the electrolyte. It's typically made out of materials that won’t react to the electrolyte solution, like graphite.
Electrolytes are just solutions that can conduct electricity, like salt water. The power source can be a battery or from the electrical grid, but it must be in Direct Current. Electrolysis has multiple industrial uses, ranging from production of chlorine, to purifying ores and electroplating metals.
Working with electricity and liquids is never a good idea, especially if it also involves conductive metals. Electrolysis is a process fraught with risk, the electrolytes can release toxic fumes along with volatile gases, and electricity can shock anyone who is not careful. When working with high voltages injuries such as burns and permanent markings can occur, this is the best case scenario for who gets electrocuted while working with high voltages. Worst case scenario it can send the electricity to your heart and stop it from beating. However unlikely, even the smallest amount of electricity can cause fatal injuries. Insurance can help. We recommend commercial general liability insurance and professional liability insurance. Commercial general liability insurance will cover any third party injuries that happen on your property.. For example, if the electrolyte solution splashed out and ruined the flooring, it would be covered, or if a client steps in the facility and slips on a wet bed whether there was a sign up or not, commercial general liability insurance will cover it. Professional liability insurance will cover legal fees and compensation associates with negligent occupational errors. For instance, if a technician ruined a batch of gold plated metals, professional liability insurance would cover it. Insurance is always a good idea, a paramount safety net should any unforeseen events happen. Protect you and your business with insurance.
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