Making the Smart Decision to Replace nBP: Four Benefits
nBP is an organobromine compound that has the chemical formula CH3CH2CH2Br. The compound is widely referred to by two other names: n-propylbromide and and 1-Bromopane. However, regardless of what you call it, you’re referring to a cleaning agent that a safer cleaner should replace, particularly at companies and organizations that use nPB in large quantities. When nPB is replaced, the user inherently experiences the following benefits, among others.
- Anticipates the EPA’s Regulation of the Compound
nPB is not included in the Environmental Protection Agency’s List of Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs) at the time this blog is posted, but the compound appears to be well on its way to having a permanent place on the list. The U.S. National Toxicology Program’s recommendation that “1-bromopropane be classified as [a] reasonably anticipated human carcinogen” is one of the driving forces behind nPB’s inclusion on the EPA’s list of Hazardous Air Pollutants.
- Can Reduce Acute Health Problems Due to Exposure
Due to the U.S. National Toxicology Program’s health findings on nPB, the compound is commonly associated with cancer — a correlation is largely based on chronic exposure to the compound over a long period of time. However, acute exposure to the substance can also cause health problems, such as dizziness, upset stomach, and respiratory distress. These problems are often temporary, but they can reduce the productivity of your workers.
- Can Reduce Chronic Health Problems Due to Exposure
Due to the U.S. National Toxicology Program’s finding that exposure to nPB is associated with cancer, “the big C” is the primary fear factor surrounding the compound’s use. However, long-term exposure to nPB has been linked to other debilitating health conditions, as well, particularly permanent neurological damage that can cause “slurred speech, confusion, difficulty walking, muscle twitching, and/or loss of feeling in arms and legs” (OSHA).
- Good for the Long-Term Finances of Former nPB Users
Eliminating the health threat nPB poses to workers can have a positive effect on the finances of former nPB users. Eliminating acute effects of exposure helps reduce sick days taken and thus supports productivity. Eliminating chronic effects helps reduce workers compensation claims, personal injury lawsuits, and, in the worst case scenario, wrongful death lawsuits. Choosing to replace nPB isn’t just good for workers and the environment; it can benefit the bottom line, too.
Let Ecolink Provide Your nPB Replacement Cleaner
Ecolink’s specialty is creating eco friendly cleaners that deliver the same efficacy as the hazardous solvents they’re designed to replace. Given the EPA’s emphasis on regulating solvents that are dangerous to humans and the environment, now is a great time to replace nPB solvents with safer cleaners whose ingredients the EPA won’t regulate. Replacement can also benefit the health of your workforce and reduce injuries that lead to negative financial situations.
To get started on selecting safe, effective cleaners that can replace nPB, please call us today at (800) 563-1305, or refer the the contact page on our website. We look forward to helping you replace nPB with a cleaner that works just as well and has a considerably better safety profile.