Why Look for a Replacement for nPB Solvents?
nPB, also known as n-Propyl Bromide or 1-Bromopropane, was studied by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to determine if it posed health risks to workers or consumers. Health effects associated with nPB include effects to the nervous system with more severe effects being present when exposure time increases. Inhalation is the most common way to be exposed to nPB causing health effects, so experts suggest looking for replacement for nPB as one way to lessen the health hazards it brings.
16 applications of nPB were determined to put workers at an unreasonable risk for health effects. Some of these industrial and commercial applications include:
- Solvents for cleaning and degreasing
- Solvents in aerosol spray degreaser/cleaner
- Dry cleaning solvents, spot cleaners, and stain removers
- Automotive care products (engine degreaser, brake cleaner, etc.)
nPB is officially on the EPA’s list of hazardous air pollutants as of January 2022. This poses more rules and regulations for companies to follow if they decide to continue using solvents with nPB.
Replacement for nPB Solvents
LssChemicals offers several options when looking for a replacement for nPB solvents. The 4 options available that can act as a replacement for nPB are listed below.
Anne’s Astonishing Antidote (AAA): Anne’s Astonishing Antidote is a suitable replacement for nPB and trichloroethylene (TCE) solvents. AAA is an effective non-flammable formulation used for heavy duty degreasing applications. It is best suited for heavy-duty metal cleaning in an ultrasonic liquid-immersion machine to remove high-viscosity oils, greases, and paraffin wax.
Frank’s Funky Formula (FFF): Frank’s Funky Formula is a non-flammable blend designed to maximize solvency. FFF is a drop-in replacement for nPB and TCE solvents and a substitute for other environmentally harmful solvents. It is a vapor degreasing solvent with properties including high density, low surface tension, and low viscosity making it an excellent replacement for TCE. As a drop-in replacement for nPB, FFF can be used in the existing machinery without any additional changes or costs associated with the replacement.
Susan’s Sensational Solution (SSS): Susan’s Sensational Solution is an effective non-flammable formulation designed for defluxing and vapor degreasing. SSS is a reliable replacement for nPB, TCE, and other toxic vapor degreasing solvents. It has beneficial properties for excellent vapor degreasing performance and is Boeing BAC5408 approved for use via PSD 6-75.
Tricia’s Trusty Tonic (TTT): Tricia’s Trusty Tonic is a non-flammable and non-toxic solvent blend for vapor degreasing purposes. TTT is a safer solvent than nPB and TCE in applications including spray and wipe solvent or ultrasonic dip solvent. TTT contains non ozone depleting chemicals and meets the Zero VOC emission requirements set by the U.S. EPA.
Contact us! LssChemicals offers 4 alternatives for nPB solvents. Frank’s Funky Formula is a direct drop-in replacement for nPB solvents which allows for replacing a harsh chemical without incurring more costs or process changes. Let us help you determine which non-flammable blend can best fit your needs!