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The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation

HSE launches consultation on Dichloromethane

Date: Wednesday 14 October 2020

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has launched a consultation on proposed guidance for the use of Dichloromethane (Methylene Chloride) and is seeking feedback from any IAAF members who have experience with this substance.

HSE is seeking information on the proposed guidance covering good practices for the control of exposure to Dichloromethane, DCM (also known as methylene chloride) when workpieces are brushed, sprayed or dipped in DCM-based products.

Background
As a result of the HSE review of the REACH derogation for the use of DCM-based paint strippers by professional workers, and judicial comments from enforcement activities over DCM fatalities. HSE has decided to produce some guidance on good control practices for those using DCM-based adhesives and paint strippers. This guidance is being developed as COSHH essentials sheets, which can be downloaded from the attachments below.

Feedback/comments sought
HSE is seeking feedback on a number of aspects, namely:

  1. Do the sheets cover the tasks you carry out that involve the use of DCM? If no, are there any tasks/situations for which you believe sheets should be developed, and if so, for what tasks?
  2. Sheet DCM2 (transient sites) is attempting to cover a range of tasks - from use of adhesives on construction sites, to paint stripping in a customer's bathroom - because the controls are similar. Do you find this helpful, or woudl you prefer more sheets with each dedicated to a more defined task?
  3. Have you any comments on the content of the four sheets attached that you would like HSE to consider?

All comments/feedback should be sent to Sue Hambling (susan.hambling@hse.gov.uk). The deadline for commenting is Friday 6th November 2020.

HSE is aware that some of the links in the sheets may not work at the moment, including the link to the REACH derogation training scheme site which is in the process of being updated, so there is no need to comment on this aspect. red text within the sheets relates to actions that will be required before the sheets can be finalised.

HSE would very much appreciate any feedback you can provide, so that they can improve the relevance of the sheets for those who use DCM-based products.