OSHA warns about hazards of methylene chloride in new alert
OSHA warns about hazards
of methylene chloride
paint stripper in new alert
August 17, 2016
Photo (above): Paint remover is applied to an aircraft's landing gear during an inspection looking for cracks in the aluminum
Photo (below): California Department of Public Health
Washington – OSHA is warning workers of the dangers
of methylene chloride after a temporary worker
died from exposure to the chemical.
The hazard alert is, part of OSHA’s Fatal Facts (https://www.osha.gov/Publications/fatalfacts.html)
A temporary worker was using a common paint stripper to re- move bathtub coating in a small bathroom in an apartment building. A window was partially open for ventilation. The solution the worker was using contained 85 percent to 90 percent methylene chloride.
The worker was found unconscious two hours after the project began. His cause
of death was determined to be asphyxiation with acute methylene chloride
OSHA advises employers to use safer alternatives
to methylene chloride, including water- and vegetable-based products, when available. If a safer alternative is not available, then the agency directs employers to implement the requirements in OSHA’s Methylene Chloride Standard, as well as all other applicable OSHA standards to protect workers. To prevent worker fatalities when using methylene chloride paint stripping products, OSHA advises employers to:
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