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Methylene Chloride

Overview

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Methylene chloride, also called dichloromethane, is a volatile, colorless liquid with a chloroform-like odor. Methylene chloride is used in various industrial processes, in many different industries including paint stripping, pharmaceutical manufacturing, paint remover manufacturing, and metal cleaning and degreasing. The most common means of exposure to methylene chloride is inhalation and skin exposure. OSHA considers methylene chloride to be a potential occupational carcinogen.

Standards

Exposures to methylene chloride are addressed in specific OSHA standards for general industry, maritime, and construction.

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Hazard Recognition

Provides references that may aid in recognizing methylene chloride hazards in the workplace.

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Evaluating Exposure

Provides references that may aid in evaluating methylene chloride exposures in the workplace.

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Possible Solutions

Provides resources that contain information to help control exposures.

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Additional Resources

Provides links and references to additional resources related to exposures to methylene chloride.

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