Dichloromethane (also known as DCM or methylene chloride) is a
solvent used in used in paint removal, adhesives, metal cleaning,
aerosol solvents, chemical processing and pharmaceutical and
flexible polyurethane foam manufacturing.
Breathing in DCM vapour can produce narcotic effects. These
include drowsiness, headache, giddiness and, at high
concentrations, unconsciousness and death. DCM evaporates easily
producing high concentrations of vapour, particularly in confined
spaces or where ventilation is inadequate.
DCM is implicated in a number of prosecutions each year,
including unfortunately some fatalities. It is therefore paramount
that employers adequately control DCM exposures in their
HSE have an information sheet, Health risks during
furniture stripping using dichloromethane.
DCM can be measured in urine and there is an American guidance
value to help interpret results. Please ensure that the sample
bottle is filled to the shoulder to minimise evaporation. Samples
should be collected at the end of shift (or end of task, if not
used throughout the shift).
Product Code: PE11643
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