How is the safety of methylene chloride ensured?

May 29, 2022

For customers and employees who use paint and coating removal products that include methylene chloride and bystanders in the workplace and at home, the EPA's final risk assessment analyzed the health hazards associated with exposure to methylene chloride.

Paint and coating removal has one of the highest methylene chloride exposure rates of all the processes. Bystanders in businesses and homes where methylene chloride is utilized pose a health hazard for employees and customers who use these items.

Neurotoxicity, or damage to the nervous system, may occur in anyone exposed to chemicals for brief periods, including bystanders. For workers, liver damage, liver cancer, and lung cancer are all possible side effects of exposure over an extended period.

Methylene chloride is found in what products?

1) As part of the preparation of this proposal, the EPA worked closely with OSHA. 
2) Each agency concluded that addressing occupational hazards with TSCA jurisdiction would result in better worker safeguards, which could be put into place more quickly.
3) Methylene chloride-based paint stripping products are readily available at retail outlets, making them accessible to customers and employees.

The names of products and their constituents might change. A search for "Dichloromethane," “methylene chloride", as well as "paint and coating removal", turns up product names containing methylene chloride.

Methylene chloride has a variety of applications.
1) The components of a product are typically listed on the product label, which you should carefully review before using the product. 
2) You may also check the manufacturer's product safety data sheet (PSDS) or the material safety data sheet. Dichloromethane or DCM, methylene chloride is available under several brand names.
3) EPA proposed regulation under section 6 of the Toxic Substances Control Act for the use of methylene chloride to remove paint and coatings. 
4) According to the proposed rule, methylene chloride would be prohibited from being manufactured (including imported), processed, or distributed in commerce for consumer paint and coating removal purposes; methylene chloride would be banned from being manufactured (including imported), processed, or distributed in exchange for most types of commercial paint and coating removal; and limited recordkeeping would be required.

After the plan is published in the Federal Register, EPA will accept comments on it for 90 days.

Paint remover

If you are exposed to paint and coating repellents containing methylene chloride, the Environmental Protection Agency advises that you take precautionary precautions to protect yourself. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), consumer and most commercial paint and coating remover treatments may soon no longer include methylene chloride, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The use of paint and coating removal products should have strictly adhered to the directions provided by the product's manufacturer.


There are an estimated 260 million pounds of methylene chloride manufactured and imported into the United States each year, making it one of the most commonly used chemicals in the country. Several methylene chlorides are used, including adhesives, paint/coating/pharmaceutical goods, chemical processing, metal cleaning, and aerosols.

Aerosol propellant

When using methylene chloride-based paint and coating removers, it is best to do it outside. Ventilation of the workspace is essential if work must be done inside due to methylene chloride vapors. Indoors, where ventilation is limited, you might consider hiring a professional for the job.

Metal cleaner and degreaser

Methylene chloride should also be reduced by using methylene chloride-resistant gloves to protect the skin from exposure. Resistance to methylene chloride exists in polyethylene vinyl alcohol (PVA/EVA) gloves and those manufactured of ethylene vinyl alcohol. Other kinds of gloves, such as butyl rubber, polyethylene, neoprene, nitrile, and latex, are not advised to use methylene chloride.

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