Proposed Regulations: Paint or Varnish Strippers Containing Methylene Chloride

DTSC proposes to list Paint or Varnish Strippers Containing Methylene Chloride as a Priority Product. This action would amend the California Code of Regulations, Title 22 (22 CCR), Division 4.5, Chapter 55, section 69511, and adopt section 69511.3.

DTSC is taking this action to protect workers and consumers from exposure to methylene chloride that could occur during normal use of paint or varnish strippers. Inhalation and dermal exposure to methylene chloride is associated with adverse health effects, including cancer of the brain, liver, and biliary tract, and central nervous system depression, intoxication and unconsciousness. Numerous deaths have been reported in workers and consumers who were exposed to methylene chloride during use of paint or varnish strippers. 

The primary goal of DTSC's Safer Consumer Products (SCP) program is to reduce human and environmental exposures to toxic chemicals in consumer products. We use a science-based process to evaluate the use of hazardous chemicals in consumer products and consider routes of exposure to these chemicals throughout the full life-cycle of the product. If the regulation is adopted, manufacturers will be required to conduct an Alternatives Analysis to identify and evaluate safer alternatives.

Public Comment Period

A public comment period for the Proposal to List Paint or Varnish Strippers Containing Methylene Chloride as a Priority Product was open for commenting on November 17, 2017, and closed on January 18, 2018. All rulemaking documents can be found on CalSAFER or on the DTSC's Regulations page. All comments are viewable from CalSAFER.

Public Hearing

DTSC held a public hearing on January 8, 2018, from 1:00PM to 5:00PM PST at the CalEPA Building on 1001 "I" Street, Sacramento, California. Attendees were invited to submit oral or written comments at this hearing.


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