U.S. workers remain at risk from potentially deadly paint-removers

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Elizabeth Grossman

Summary Statement

This article on the science blog, The Pump Handle, highlights the hazards of paint removers, adhesive removers and prepaint products that contain methylene chloride. Some come in aerosol dispensers. The author points out that "These products all carry hazard warnings that say “Danger!” and “Poison” along with cautionary statements about the chemical’s nervous system effects and the possibility that exposure can cause blindness, birth defects, cancer and respiratory harm. But there’s little – if anything – to suggest such products are so hazardous that they were responsible for at least 14 deaths in the United States between 2000 and 2011."
January 20, 2015