|Document ID (ISN)||64581|
|Convention or series no.
OECD Environment Monograph Series No.101
||Risk reduction monograph No.2: Methylene chloride - Background and national experience with reducing risk
||Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Environment Directorate, Environmental Health and Safety Division, 2 rue AndrÚ-Pascal, 75775 Paris Cedex 16, France, 1994. 123p. Illus. 124 ref. Gratis.
||World production of methylene chloride (dichloromethane) in 1991 was estimated to be 437,000 tonnes. Its use in Western Europe is decreasing. It is used as a: component of paint and varnish strippers and of adhesives; solvent in aerosol formulations; extractant, degreasing and process solvent in several industries; blowing agent in polyurethane foam production. It does not accumulate in the environment. The main route of human exposure is inhalation, sometimes accompanied by skin and eye contact. It is a central nervous system depressant. It is carcinogenic in the mouse, but not in other species tested. Only some of the 15 countries surveyed have taken measures to regulate its use. It can be replaced by other products in some processes. Summary in French.
||OECD; dichloromethane; health hazards; pollution control; limitation of exposure
||literature survey; substitution; uses; environmental pollution; neighbourhood protection
||E - Books, reports, proceedings
|Country / State or Province||OECD|
||Toxic and dangerous substances
|Broad subject area(s)