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Methylene Chloride

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Overview


Methylene Chloride, also called dichloromethane, is colorless liquid with a mild, chloroform-like odor that is used in many different industrial processes and is not naturally found in the environment (#OSHA and #ATSDR ToxFAQs). Exposure to methylene chloride occurs through breathing in contaminated air, skin contact, or through drinking contaminated water (#OSHA).

Uses


Methylene chloride is used in numerous industrial settings including paint stripping, pharmaceutical manufacturing, paint remover manufacturing, and metal cleaning and degreasing (#OSHA).

Health Effects


Breathing in large amounts of methylene chloride can damage the central nervous system. It can make one feel unsteady, dizzy, and have nausea and a tingling or numbness of your finger and toes. Contact of eyes or skin with methylene chloride can result in burns (#ATSDR ToxFAQs).

References



Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). "ToxFAQs for Methylene Chloride". February 2001.


Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). "Safety and Health Topics - Methylene Chloride". Page last updated: 07/19/2007

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