Addition of 1-BP (nPB) to the Clean Air Act List of Hazardous Air Pollutants

It is official…nPB (1-BP) is going to become a hazardous Air Pollutant as of February 4, 2022. Read more at: https://www.epa.gov/haps/addition-1-bp-npb-clean-air-act-list-hazardous-air-pollutants if you want to discuss what this means for your company with regard to regulations and compliance for vapor degreasing please contact us https://relspec.com/contact.html Post by – Reliance Specialty Products, Inc. – vapor degreasing […]

nPB to be classified as Hazardous Air Pollutant

The regulatory environment for nPB (n Propyl Bromide) is changing. February 4, 2022, nPB will be considered a hazardous air pollutant and with it reporting requirements will change – along with emission standards. In light of these coming changes, it might be time to consider some of the following (from least difficult to more difficult): […]

Your Vapor Degreaser will need to be NESHAP Compliant

NESHAP stands for National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) and are standards set by the EPA for hazardous air pollutants. These emission standards are the legal requirements governing air pollutants that are released into the atmosphere. Emission standards set quantitative limits on the permissible amount of specific air pollutants that may be released from specific sources over […]

Automation is Worth Considering

The use of automation in the form of an automated basket handling system or some people use the term lift or hoist on your vapor degreasing system is worth considering. One of the best reasons for considering a hoist is that there is less worker solvent exposure because the lift is doing the parts processing. There […]

AeroTron: nPB Alternative Solvent

So what solvent can you use as an alternative to nPB? One solvent we have vetted that is a direct replacement for n propyl bromide is AeroTron. AeroTron is a powerful cleaner that has an excellent Health & Safety profile while being as powerful a cleaner as nPB. USEPA SNAP Approved: All components  of AeroTron […]

nPB in Canada – Time to Switch

For those of you cleaning in Ontario, Canada the Occupational Exposure Limit (OELs) have been updated: Effective January 1, 2018, Regulation 833 and O. Reg. 490/09 are amended by (O. Reg. 287/17) and (O. Reg. 288/17) to reflect the adoption of new or revised occupational exposure limits (OELs) or listings for 21 chemical substances based on recommendations by […]

Replacing npb?

A question you might be asking right now now if you are using nPB (n Propyl Bromide) is “do I have to get out of it?” As you may have been hearing some mixed messages about the toxicity of nPB and also some rumblings about changes to the regulations around it. But, does all that mean […]

Replacing TCE

There are viable, effective alternatives to replace TCE – Trichloroethylene As you are probably aware, the EPA has identified Trichloroethylene (TCE) for risk evaluation as part of EPA’s Work Plan for Chemical Assessments under TSCA. SBAR Panel: Regulation of Trichloroethylene under Section 6(a) of the Toxic Substances Control Act Currently, the EPA is planning on giving […]

Cleaning Titanium?

Something to keep in mind if you are cleaning Titanium is that chlorinated based solvents cannot be used to degrease or clean Titanium. This is because the chlorinated based molecule embrittles the Titanium and causes an inter-granular attack on the structure. This is one of the reasons nPB (n propyl bromide) is recommended for cleaning Titanium.  Solvents […]

Better Vapor Degreasing Practices

Better Equipment, Automation and Better Work Practices Recently n Propyl Bromide has had some developments in the toxicology arena, most specifically a National Toxicology Program Test Study that found cancer effects in mice and rats.   As such, closer regard to minimizing operator’s exposure are warranted.      Operator exposure to solvent vapors in any vapor degreasing application […]