Ensuring Workplace Safety: Navigating the EPA’s New Standards for Methylene Chloride

On May 8, 2024, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule targeting the hazardous health risks posed by Methylene Chloride. The mandate prohibits all consumer applications (e.g., paint and coating strippers) and most commercial uses of Methylene Chloride. It mandates enhanced safety protocols for workers under a Workplace Chemical Protection Program (WCPP) for specific uses crucial to national security and the economy.

The WCPP sets stringent EPA exposure thresholds (significantly lower than current OSHA workplace limits), alongside monitoring, worker training, and notification requisites. These measures aim to shield workers from cancer and other adverse health consequences linked to ongoing exposure to Methylene Chloride.

EnSafe stands ready to assist in aligning with the new EPA WCPP standards for Methylene Chloride. We offer support in conducting mandatory initial and periodic workplace exposure assessments, as well as fulfilling other health and safety obligations outlined in the WCPP. Contact us to ensure compliance and safeguard your workforce.

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