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NIOSH issues report on safe nPB use.
Niemeier-MT; Ramsey-J; Eisenberg-J
Am Dryclean 2011 Jun; 78(3):54-56
The National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) recently issued a report on potential health effects from exposure to 1-bromopropane (1-BP) at drycleaning facilities following a technical assistance request from the New Jersey Department of Health & Senior Services. 1-BP is also known as n-propyl bromide (nPB or 1-BP), and is marketed under the trade names DrySolv and FabriSolv. 1-BP is being used in the United States as a substitute for perchloro-ethylene, and can be used in machines designed to run perc following a conversion process. Some conversions are performed by the solvent manufacturers, but a few drycleaners are performing the conversions themselves. An initial report indicated that a New Jersey drycleaner experienced possible peripheral neuropathy symptoms (abnormal functioning of the nerves in the arms and/or legs) while . . .
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