Peer Reviewed for Compliance & Safety
Norseman’s EXLab design has been peer reviewed for compliance in all 50 states by the industry leading third-party engineering firm Pressure Safety Inspectors (PSI). We can send your permitting authorities a copy of our approval letter confirming compliance with the following standards:
- California Code of Regulations, Title 24, Part 4. (2019). California Mechanical Code.
- International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials. (2021). Uniform Mechanical Code.
- International Code Council. (2018). International Fire Code.
- International Code Council. (2018). International Mechanical Code.
- International Code Council. (2018). Washington Fire Code (WAC 51-54A).
- International Code Council. (2019). California Fire Code.
- National Fire Protection Association. (2018). NFPA 1 Fire Code. Quincy, MA: NFPA.
The Need for Safe Extraction
There are many different industries using various methods to extract oils and their constituent compounds from plant materials such as stalks, bark, leaves, flowers, and seeds. Most commonly this is used to produce essential oils & herbal extracts in the food and drug industries, rather than producing them synthetically. There are many other industries using similar processes to plant oil extraction.
Multiple methods are used to produce extracts including Cold Press, Water Distillation, Enfleurage (Lipid Infusion), Steam, CO², and Solvent or Hydrocarbon Extraction. The extraction method depends on the compound to be extracted, the material it’s extracted from, and the efficiency level desired. The use of solvents & hydrocarbons has proven to be the most efficient and yield a very high-quality product.
Several types of extraction may be done in a standard GMP compliant space, but the use of solvents can complicate the process due to the special requirements associated with the use and storage of flammable or explosive compounds. Failure to follow these guidelines has resulted in numerous fires, explosions, injuries, property damage, and even deaths. Analytical labs, offshore installations, oil & gas facilities, as well as military operations use these labs for other purposes while following strict guidelines for design and use.
The Norseman team identified these hazards as a problem we could mitigate. There is no reason to risk life and limb when you could use one of our C1D1, C1D2, or CO2 labs to protect your property and, most importantly, preserve life and health. We have designed our EXLabs to exceed all codes related to the use of solvents (we found they were not sufficient in some cases). This means you can safely and confidently focus on production.