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OSHA reopens comment period for review of methylene chloride standard (1/8)

January 8, 2008

OSHA has reopened the public comment period for the review of its methylene chloride (MC) Standard (29 CFR 1910.1052). The review was originally announced in the July 10, 2007, Federal Register.

OSHA issued the standard in 1997 to protect employees from occupational exposure to MC. The Federal Register notice invites suggestions from the public on how the standard’s requirements could be modified to reduce the burden on employers while maintaining employee protection.

OSHA is accepting comments until March 10, 2008.

Among its many applications, methylene chloride is used in metal degreasing and aircraft paint removal. It is also used to strip finishes from furniture prior to refinishing, as well as in the manufacturing of some plastics, adhesives, inks, and ink solvents.

Public comments can be submitted electronically at www.regulations.gov.