N propyl bromide is a colorless liquid that is commonly used for general, heavy-duty cleaning operations. Use of the product experienced a major upswing when it was declared to be a safe replacement for chlorinated solvents. However, as with the solvents it replaced, n propyl bromide contains some ingredients that are dangerous to humans and the environment.
Many organizations across the U.S. have set exposure to limits to n propyl bromide. For example, in 2010, the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration set the permissible exposure limit for the cleaning solvent at 5 ppm. In 2014, the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) set an exposure limit of 0.1 ppm as an 8-hour time-weighted average.
These regulations and others inherently limit the usefulness of n propyl bromide for consistently performing big cleaning jobs. They also signal the need for n propyl bromide manufacturers to develop safe replacement solutions for the cleaner. If n propyl bromide is banned, developing new solutions will be a necessity for maintaining revenue.
EPA Proposes a Ban
In 2013, the EPA stated it that would develop a plan under the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA) to perform an in-depth risk assessment of 1-Bromopropane. Fast forward to two years later, and the EPA has found n propyl bromide to be dangerous enough to be banned.
Until a ban occurs, exposure limits for the cleaning solvent will prevent many companies from using a large volume of the solution, and compel them to look for a suitable replacement cleaner. However, entities that use a small volume of the popular cleaner may be largely unaffected by federal, state, and municipal regulations that govern the use of the hazardous solvent.
New Customer Segment
For years, selling n propyl bromide cleaning solutions to large companies and organizations was the bread and butter of n propyl bromide manufacturers across the U.S. However, due to exposure limits for the solvent, the most prominent customer segment going forward figures to be small-time users.
This customer segment has always been well-served, but it now projects to be the primary segment for suppliers of n propyl bromide solutions in their many varieties. N propyl bromide manufacturers know this and seem poised to scale down the production of the solvent, especially considering what appears to be the EPA’s plan the ban the controversial cleaner.
How Ecolink Can Help
If your company uses n propyl bromide, the best thing it could do is switch to a safer cleaner, one whose non-toxic formulation means it will not be regulated by laws at any level. At Ecolink, we specialize in selling new, eco friendly solvents that have a better safety profile than their predecessors.
To discuss a replacement solutions for n propyl bromide, call us today at (800) 563-1305 to schedule a free consultation, or refer to the contact page on our website. If we don’t carry a replacement cleaner that meets your needs, we will create a custom cleaning solution that does.