Methylene chloride is a highly toxic chemical that is used for a broad range of industrial processes, including degreasing, metal cleaning, paint stripping and paint remover manufacturing. It has been widely used to strip the paint off bathtubs in residential bathrooms.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) talked about the risk of death in workers and in members of the general public who use products containing methylene chloride to strip the paint off bathtubs in residential bathrooms that don’t have a lot of ventilation in its latest Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
“To use products containing methylene chloride safely, work areas must be well-ventilated, and when levels of methylene chloride exceed exposure limits even after implementation of engineering and work practice controls, workers must use respiratory protective equipment, such as tight-fitting, full-face, supplied-air respirators,” the report said.
Methylene Chloride Linked to Death
According to the report, the chemical has been linked to 13 deaths in workers who used methylene chloride products to strip the paint off residential bathtubs. The deaths occurred between 2000 and 2011, the agency said.
The deaths were linked to ten different products, all of which contained 60 – 90 percent methylene chloride. The report stated that none of the products were marketed for use in bathtub refurbishing.
The highly toxic chemical can be absorbed through inhalation or through the skin. Signs and symptoms of methylene chloride side effects include:
- Electrocardiographic changes
- Respiratory depression
Methylene Chloride Lawsuits
If someone you love died from using a methylene chloride product to refurbish a bathtub, you can seek legal help by contacting a methylene chloride lawyer from Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz. To schedule a consultation with an experienced injury lawyer, please call 1-(844) 794-7402 (2956) or send us an email today.