Substitute solvent 1-Bromopropane may pose health risk

A solvent frequently used as a substitute for ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons may pose health risks to exposed workers, according to a report  published in the Dec. 5 edition of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

1-Bromopropane is used in vapor and immersion operations and during manufacturing processes. Researchers examined two cases in the electronics and dry cleaning industries in which workers exposed to 1-BP experienced neurotoxic effects likely attributable to exposure. Report authors recommended clinicians and public health professionals remain alert to potential health effects among workers exposed to 1-BP, and that workplaces using the solvent implement exposure-control methods.