The U.S. Department of Health’s National Toxicology Program (NTP) identifies nPB as a solvent that is “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen” — a finding based on laboratory experiments that expose mice to nBP and measure the results on the physiology of the animals.
Experiential data gathered from work environments where nPB is used shows that nPB can cause health risks in addition to potentially causing cancer, such as minor effects that consist of respiratory distress, blurred vision, and upset stomach, among others; and chronic health conditions, such as central nervous system damage, blurred vision, and vertigo.
When these effects occur, they do more than harm workers. They also precipitate various negative effects for that correlate with negative health outcomes in workers who are exposed to nPB. To prove the point, let’s look at some of the most common examples of how negative health outcomes for workers can cause negative financial situations for their employers.
1. Decreased Productivity
The minor side effects of nPB use may not be enough to keep workers from clocking out early for the day, but the continuance of the effects can lead to productivity lags, as ailments such as respiratory distress, blurred vision, and upset stomach compromise workers’ ability to focus on business-critical tasks. The goal of productivity is to best serve customers and, by extension, increase the bottomline — two tasks that are hard to achieve when workers become sick.
2. Increased Sick Days
Most dedicated workers try to muscle their way through minor ailments caused by nBP, but the effects can build in intensity day after day, until workers are practically forced to take sick days to break the nPB exposure cycle. N propyl bromide carcinogen status typically lacks a role in these temporary ailments, but they can have the same effect as carcinogenic ailments in terms of productivity: removing employees from the work floor for days at a time, until they experience better health.
3. Workers Comp Claims
If a worker receives a serious injury due to intermittent or chronic use of nPB — especially an injury from which they can’t recover quickly — they often file workers comp claims, if for no other reason than to receive paid medical treatment and a moderate level of income replacement that helps them weather the financial consequences of being out of work. The cost of paying workers comp claims ranges from minor to significant, depending on compensation factors.
4. Chemical Injury Suits
When workers contract chronic health conditions due to repeated nPB exposure, some of them decide to file chemical injury lawsuits that are both expensive to take to court and settle with a financial award. Chemical injury lawsuits that stem from n propyl bromide carcinogen exposure can be awarded millions of dollars, which can spell tragedy for a company’s annual bottom line.
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To get started on the nPB replacement process, please call us today at (800) 563-1305, or use the contact form on our website. We looking forward to helping you protect your company and workers by helping to eliminate n propyl bromide carcinogen effects and similar threats.