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Novec Safety

An essential part of the 3M™ Novec™ Brand Promise is a commitment to worker health and safety. That's why every product that carries the Novec brand – whatever its chemical composition – is safe in its intended use, low in toxicity, and non-flammable.

Safety

An essential part of the 3M™ Novec™ Brand Promise is a commitment to worker health and safety. That's why every product that carries the Novec brand – whatever its chemical composition – is safe in its intended use, low in toxicity, and non-flammable.

Explore 3M Novec Product Family Safety Attributes

  • 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid Safety Attributes

    Novec 1230 Fire Protection Fluid

    3M™ Novec™ 1230 fluid is a highly-efficient fire extinguishant with low acute toxicity - helping to put out fires long before the agent reaches concentration that could adversely affect humans. It has the largest margin of safety among all other chemical clean agents, CO2 and inert gas mixtures because its use concentration is much lower than its No Observable Adverse Effects Level (NOAEL).

    These safety characteristics are especially critical when protecting areas often occupied by people, which means that agent toxicity must be taken into account when designing a clean agent fire protection system.

    Learn more about Novec 1230 Fluid Safety

  • 3M™ Novec™ Aerosol Cleaners  Safety Attributes

    Novec Aerosol Cleaners

    Help improve workplace safety and protection of critical equipment and systems with 3M™ Novec™ Aerosol Cleaners. Based on proprietary 3M solvent technology, Novec Aerosol Cleaners are low in toxicity. non-flammable, non-conductive and compatible with nearly all materials used in electronics manufacturing. Designed with your workers and the planet in mind, they contain no HCFCs, HFCs, nPB or HAPs and are not targeted for phase-down.

  • 3M™ Novec™ Electronic Grade Coating  Safety Attributes

    Novec Electronic Grade Coatings

    Addressing the need for efficient and safer alternatives,  3M™ Novec™ Electronic Grade Coatings are low in toxicity, non-flammable, and safe in their intended use - essential characteristics for the health and safety of your workforce.  These non-volatile organic compounds have health, safety, and environmental benefits.

  • 3M™ Novec™ Electronic Surfactants Attributes

    Novec Electronic Surfactants

    3M™ Novec™ Electronic Surfactants are low in toxicity, non-flammable and effective in low concentrations, helping to ensure a safer working environment.

  • 3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids  Safety Attributes

    Novec Engineered Fluids

    In industrial applications like heat transfer, lubricant and coating deposition and precision cleaning, workers are typically exposed to solvent vapor during their shifts, which is why determining acceptable exposure limits is a critical factor in selecting process solvents.

    Based on extensive toxicity testing, the 8-hour worker exposure guidelines for 3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids have much higher exposure limits and safety margin than other solvents, such as nPB, trichloroethylene and perchloroethylene.

    In 2014, the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) published new threshold limit value - time weighted average (TLV - TWA) exposure guidelines, which significantly lowered the threshold for 1-Bromopropane (1-BP), also known as n-propyl bromide (nPB), from 10 parts per million (ppm) to 0.1 ppm.  Due to worker exposures potentially exceeding this new threshold, nPB may no longer be a viable solution for use in some industry applications, including vapor degreasing.

    Novec Engineered Fluids are a sustainable alternative to nPB for a variety of uses.  Novec fluids have a much wider margin of safety, along with outstanding cleaning performance and an excellent environmental profile.