SAFER CONSUMER PRODUCTS
Contact Information:Department of Toxic Substances Control
Safer Products and Workplaces Program
P.O. Box 806
Sacramento, CA 95812-0806
Paint Stripper with Methylene Chloride
Paint and varnish removers, paint and varnish strippers, and surface cleaners that contain methylene chloride have been proposed as an Initial Priority Product. Methylene chloride is a well-known and widely used solvent in paint strippers Marketing of methylene chloride-based paint strippers has been banned in the European Union. Methylene chloride is acutely toxic to the nervous system.
Methylene chloride is metabolized to carbon monoxide in the body and can cause severe cases of carbon monoxide intoxication. Between 2000 and 2011 there were at least 14 worker deaths reported in the U.S. related to bathtub refinishing with stripping agents containing methylene chloride. Do-it-yourselfers are also at risk when using these products in confined spaces.
The following downloadable documents summarize information compiled by DTSC as of March 13, 2014. As the department receives additional information through workshops and other communications, it may modify the description of the chemical(s) or product or both. Such changes, and DTSC's updated rationale for selecting this proposed Priority Product, will be reflected in the official rulemaking file. In using these materials, readers should consider the following: