Paint strippers containing methylene chloride and N-methyl pyrrolidone (NMP) have been cited as toxic by medical experts and consumer safety groups. According to the national environmental health organization Safer Chemicals at least 64 people have died from acute exposure to methylene chloride since 1980.
The EPA's ban on the use of methylene chloride in consumer paint removal products announced Friday only pertains to the sale of methylene chloride to consumers, and does not affect use in the workplace. This new ban also does not include NMP, an alternative for methylene chloride that medical experts say can cause birth defects and reproductive issues.
The ban will cover the manufacture, import, processing and distribution of methylene chloride at a consumer level. A prohibition on retail sales – including for e-commerce and distribution establishments that serve consumers – will take effect within 180 days of the rule’s effective date.
What does this mean for retailers and consumers?
What Can You Do?
Visit EZstrip.ca today for safe alternatives to paint removal with no greenwashing needed! Your health is worth it! When it comes to paint stripping knowledge is power always know exactly what your working with from the removal product to the material you are stripping. Using some basic safety precautions that start at the time of purchasing the stripper and finish with the proper disposal of removed materials will ensure your safety and low environmental impact.