Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Community > Off Topic

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 02-24-2012, 02:08 PM   #1
STAFF
 
BigJim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: East Tennessee
Posts: 7,176
Blog Entries: 1
Share |
Default

Chemical Used For Stripping Bathtubs Kills 13


Beware of using this product where there is poor ventilation. Here is the link
http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012...13?ft=1&f=1001

by Nancy Shute
We've all seen those bathtub refinishing ads that promise a glossy new surface on the dingy old tub.
But a solvent used to make that transformation has killed at least 13 people who used it to strip bathtubs from 2006 to 2011, according to a new study. The chemical, methylene chloride, is sold as a solvent and paint stripper both to professionals and in dozens of do-it-yourself products sold at home improvement stores.
"I just went to my local hardware store and saw the same product," says Ken Rosenman. He's chief of the division of occupational and environmental medicine at Michigan State University and an author on the study, which was published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
"The actual product said do not use in a bathroom," Rosenman says. That's because the fumes are very toxic, and it's impossible to ventilate a bathroom well enough to safely use it. That's what killed the 13 people. But that warning comes in very small print, he notes."I think there's a general concept, 'Hey, if I can buy this in my regular hardware store, I can use this.'"
All 13 people who died were working as professional bathtub refinishers, using methylene chloride to remove old paint before resurfacing a tub with polyurethane paint. Bathtub refinishing has become a popular home remodeling option, because it costs a few hundred dollars compared to the thousands required to remove and replace an aged tub.
A Michigan man who died in 2010 while stripping a tub had used about 6 ounces of a stripper that contained 60 percent to 100 percent methylene chloride. His exposure to fumes as calculated by the Michigan State researchers was 637 to 1,062 parts per million in the bathroom, and 11,618 to 19,364 parts per million in the tub.
That's way over the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's short-term exposure limit of 125 parts per million, or the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's dangerous to live and health level of 2,300 ppm.
Alternatives to methylene chloride as a paint stripper include acetate, mineral spirits and caustic pastes, Rosenman says, but they don't work as quickly.
The deaths highlight a problem with all the cans and bottles in the hardware store, Rosenman says: There are very few requirements for testing and labeling of chemicals sold for the do-it-yourself market.
He discovered the deaths while researching workplace-related accidents for NIOSH. Worker exposure to toxic chemicals is regulated, he notes, but do-it-yourselfers don't get the same protections.
"If you look at your typical whatever in the hardware store, there's no labeling requirement."
So DIY carefully.

__________________
New members: Please consider adding your location to your profile.

Jim
BigJim is online now   Reply With Quote
The Following 4 Users Say Thank You to BigJim For This Useful Post:
Blondesense (03-03-2012), gma2rjc (02-24-2012), oh'mike (03-03-2012), rusty baker (02-24-2012)
Old 02-24-2012, 07:50 PM   #2
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Western suburbs, Chicago, Il.
Posts: 2,657
Default

Chemical Used For Stripping Bathtubs Kills 13


Jim -
Thanks!
Interesting!

RF

rossfingal is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to rossfingal For This Useful Post:
BigJim (02-24-2012)
Old 02-28-2012, 02:51 PM   #3
Newbie
 
bikerpowell's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Baltimore, MD
Posts: 26
Default

Chemical Used For Stripping Bathtubs Kills 13


Wow, thanks for the heads up
bikerpowell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2012, 10:03 AM   #4
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: se
Posts: 1,280
Default

Chemical Used For Stripping Bathtubs Kills 13


Yup, a good carbon filter type mask would have saved the lives. They are not that expensive. many times, guys feel they are "stronger" than the next guy, and dont need the protection. protection is for "wimps"(?)
__________________
Alexander Pope: [a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing]
noquacks is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to noquacks For This Useful Post:
BigJim (03-03-2012)
Old 03-03-2012, 02:58 PM   #5
Wire Chewer
 
Red Squirrel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 3,211
Default

Chemical Used For Stripping Bathtubs Kills 13


Wow, a product made for bath tubs with a small warning that says to not use in a bathroom because it's unsafe to do so? wow.

And yeah a mask would have helped. Turn on the bathroom fan, open a nearby window, wear a mask, and it should be fine.
Red Squirrel is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Red Squirrel For This Useful Post:
BigJim (03-03-2012)
Old 03-06-2012, 02:45 AM   #6
Thread killer
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Southwestern Ontario, Canada
Posts: 288
Default

Chemical Used For Stripping Bathtubs Kills 13


It would be worse in a bathtub, the vapours are heavier than air and would've concentrated at a low spot. Like the tub that you're stripping.
Canucker is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Canucker For This Useful Post:
BigJim (03-06-2012)
Old 03-06-2012, 01:25 PM   #7
Newbie
 
cleanerair56's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Richmond, VA
Posts: 26
Default

Chemical Used For Stripping Bathtubs Kills 13


Absolutely horrible! And very saddening...

cleanerair56 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Chemical analysis? Kasi General DIY Discussions 4 07-11-2011 08:59 PM
Chemical paint remover on exterior cedar siding creamaster Painting 3 05-28-2008 05:58 AM




Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.