The dangerous chemical compound Dichloromethane (DCM) in paint-strippers will
soon be banned for consumers and many professionals, after the adoption of a
legislative report by the European Parliament. Thanks to MEPs, a derogation for
licensed professionals will be limited and the protection of workers during the
industrial use of paint-strippers containing the chemical will be strengthened.
The resolution was adopted with 674 votes in favour, 17 against and 8
Dichloromethane (DCM) is a colourless chemical compound, classified as a
carcinogen category 3. According to the Commission, between 1989 and 2007, 18
fatalities (9 for industrial use, 8 for professional use, 1 for consumer use)
and 56 non-fatal injuries have been registered in the EU.
The Decision adopted by the European Parliament, will:
AplusA-online.de - Source: European Agency for Safety and Health at work