From: "Secretary, ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety" <secretary**At_Symbol_Here**DCHAS.ORG>
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Avoiding the Dangers of Bathtub Refinishing
Date: March 5, 2013 10:47:20 AM EST
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The Monthly Newsletter of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Volume 10 Number 11 March 2013

Avoiding the Dangers of Bathtub Refinishing

In February, NIOSH and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a joint hazard alert titled Methylene Chloride Hazards for Bathtub Refinishers. At least 15 workers have died since 2000 as a result of using stripping agents containing methylene chloride during bathtub refinishing. One death was identified this past month by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and NIOSH. Many stripping products (including those that may also be available to consumers) contain high percentages of methylene chloride. Methylene chloride is extremely dangerous when not used properly. Alternative products and processes exist for bathtub refinishing. Products containing methylene chloride should be avoided when possible. To learn more about the dangers, download the Alert, or provide comment, visit our blog or contact Ron Hall at rmh2**At_Symbol_Here**

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