OSHA/NIOSH Hazard Alert on 1-bromopropane (1-BP)

OSHA and NIOSH have released a “joint” warning concerning a chemical that “has increased in workplaces over the last 20 years“, namely 1-bromopropane (1-BP).

According to the 7 page pdf warningExposure to 1-BP has been associated with damage to the nervous system among workers, and it has been shown to cause reproductive harm in animal studies. The chemical is used in degreasing operations, furniture manufacturing, and dry cleaning.

At this time OSHA has not set a PEL (permissible exposure level) but the warning refers to the level of 5 PPM that California has adopted.

Employers are required, by law, to make sure that all employees are aware of the dangers of 1-bromopropane which is ingested primarily through inhalation.

Learn more about how to protect from the hazards of 1-BP by downloading the OSHA/NIOSH warning.