CDC Warning: Bathtub Refinishing Chemical Linked to 13 Deaths

02/24/2012 // WPB, FL, USA // Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

Detroit, MI — Thirteen deaths in 10 states have been linked to a common paint-stripping chemical used to refinish bathtubs, prompting the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to issue a warning Thursday, February 23, 2012.

The deaths occurred between 2000 and 2011, which consisted of workers who were using methylene chloride-containing products to strip paint from residential bathtubs.

Three of the deaths occurred in Michigan, while the others were reported in nine other states.

The CDC reported, “each death occurred in a residential bathroom with inadequate ventilation… Protective equipment, including a respirator, either was not used or was inadequate to protect against methylene chloride vapor.”

Methylene chloride is used as a degreaser and paint remover in industrial and home-improvement products.

If you are going to use methylene chloride, your work areas must be well-ventilated.

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