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Methylene chloride causes death of three MI bathtub refinishers.
Michigan Fatality Assessment & Control Evaluation
East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University, Department of Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, HA#14, 2011 Oct; :1
Since 2006, three bathtub refinishers have died in Michigan and since 2000 at least 13 refinishers have died nationwide due to overexposure to methylene chloride-based strippers. In Michigan, two refinishers were using Tal-Strip II Aircraft Coating Remover and one refinisher was using KleanStrip Premium Stripper. Tal-Strip II contains 60%-100% methylene chloride (MC), and Klean-Strip contains 80%-90% MC. None of the Michigan refinishers used appropriate respirators, eye or hand protection or local exhaust ventilation. The two refinishers using Tal-Strip II painted the tub and the refinisher using Klean-Strip sprayed the tub. All refinishers were found dead in the bathroom, leaning over the tub. The bathroom doors were closed.
Injuries; Traumatic-injuries; Workers; Humans; Accidents; Ventilation; Ventilation-systems; Respiratory-protective-equipment; Respiratory-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Gloves; Methyl-compounds; Air-quality; Respirators
Methylene chloride causes death of three MI bathtub refinishers
Michigan State Department of Labor and Economic Growth
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division