Friday, 24 May 2013

U.S. Reviews Paint Stripper Chemicals

Largely banned in Europe and linked to multiple deaths in the U.S., toxic paint-stripper chemicals are finally getting a serious look from the Environmental Protection Agency. Methylene chloride, or dichloromethane (DCM), and n-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) in paint stripper products top a list of five chemicals that are the subject of new draft risk assessments by the EPA. The five are among 83 chemicals that EPA’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics announced last year that it would study as part of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) work plan. EPA is reviewing the chemicals' potential human health and ecological hazards. For example, EPA believes DCM and NMP pose inhalation and dermal exposure concerns for workers, consumers and bystanders when they are used in paint stripping processes, according to a fact sheet released by the agency. The dangers of methylene chloride paint strippers have been gaining notoriety in recent years. On Feb. 24, 2012, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a warning about the use of the products after linking them to more than a dozen accidental deaths. The CDC had previously flagged methylene chloride as a potentially fatal occupational hazard, and the 2012 alert noted that exposure to the chemical without proper ventilation and protective equipment could kill almost instantly. For full article and links to details Alternatives to these toxic options for paint removal are available! No need to take the risk with toxic chemical stripping or heat applications that can damage ornate wood decorations, only remove small sections at a time, and burn you! EcoSolve Americas has the UL Green Certified safe yet tough options for effective professional and consumer paint removal. EcoSolve has patented water based technology that penetrates the water molecules in all kinds of paint, varnishes, all types of graffiti, textured and other type coatings to safely lift from substrate being stripped. There is no chemical reaction that releases hazardous fumes and the products themselves are fume free. With the EPA taking a closer look at toxic chemical stripper ingredients its more important than ever to find better options that EcoSolve can provide. EcoSolve's Tough Not Toxic Paint Remover details available at    

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