June 1, 2016
FM Global’s Property Loss Prevention Data Sheet 5-32 offers its best advice for data center loss prevention in the areas of property protection and business continuity. To help clarify some of these recommendations, the 3M Novec 1230 fluid team has developed a frequently asked questions (FAQs) guide that you may find helpful.
The FM Global Property Loss Prevention Data Sheet 5-32 for Data Centers and Related Facilities recommends that consideration be given to employing a clean agent and a water-based system together to achieve full protection without compromise. Click here to learn why.
May 17, 2016
A global hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) phasedown appears to be imminent, with Canada proposing domestic regulations on HFCs to meet their eventual obligations under the Montreal Protocol. Canada’s proposal is bold – combining an HFC phasedown with product-specific controls that are closely aligned with the U.S. EPA’s Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program.
This March, the Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) released its proposal for significant controls on HFCs. The proposed approach combines a phasedown of HFCs from a calculated baseline and a series of product-specific controls for certain sectors. The proposal reflects comments ECCC received throughout the consultation process and aligns, where possible, with the U.S. EPA’s SNAP program.
April 22, 2016
With every year that passes, we gain a better understanding of how our actions affect the world around us, and more importantly, how we can make smarter decisions to reduce impact on the environment. This Earth Day, let's recognize our partners and stakeholders for some of the sustainability strides made over the past year and reignite our united commitment for a more sustainable future.
U.S. EPA to Reassess SNAP Status of HFCs in Fire Suppression
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a prepublication version of the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program Rule 21, which, among other initiatives, changes the status of a number of substitutes that were previously listed as acceptable. Coming on the heels of the SNAP Fire Suppression Stakeholder Workshop, SNAP Rule 21 notes high GWP HFCs represent a substantial portion of the products in the fire protection market. The HFCs most commonly sold into fire suppression, such as FM-200™, have a GWP that is more than 3000 times that of CO2. The U.S. EPA is requesting updated information on the continuing use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), such as FM-200™, use in fire extinguishing applications and the availability of substitutes or alternative technologies or processes that would obviate their continued use.
March 24, 2016
This month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released for public comment and peer review a draft risk assessment for n-propyl bromide (nPB) used in spray adhesives, dry cleaning (including spot cleaners) applications, and vapor degreasing. In addition, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has issued its own draft criteria document for worker exposure to nPB, and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) examined the health hazards of nPB associated with different worker exposure durations. With increasing regulations on the use of nPB in vapor degreasing, it’s time to switch to an nPB drop-in replacement like 3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids – a family of safer, sustainable solvents.
The draft assessment of nPB, also known as 1-bromopropane (1-BP), was conducted as part of the EPA’s Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Chemical Work Plan assessment effort. According to the assessment, the chemical showed acute risks to women of childbearing age from adverse developmental effects. Other non-cancer and cancer health risks were identified for workers with repeated and chronic exposures.