CPSC Issues Supplemental Guidance on Labeling Paint Strippers Containing Methylene Chloride

Posted on: May 1, 2018

As published in the Federal Register at the end of March, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a supplemental guidance for warning of acute hazards associated with methylene chloride on paint stripper product labels. The guidance – which was published on March 21, 2018 – was published following a spate of industry pressure.


The Halogenated Solvents Industry Alliance (HSIA) petitioned the CPSC to update its policy on certain products containing methylene chloride to address the acute inhalation hazard in addition to the chronic hazards discussed in the original 1987 Statement of Interpretation and Enforcement Policy (52 FR 34698). After considering extensive toxicity data for methylene chloride in consumer products, the CPSC voted unanimously to grant the petition.

What’s contained in the guidance?

Now under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA), manufacturers of paint strippers that contain methylene chloride will have to warn of its acute inhalation hazard on their product labels.  This CPSC guidance became applicable on March 21, 2018.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is also drafting a rule regarding the assessment of health hazards of methylene chloride in paint and coating removal products. The CPSC is issuing the supplemental guidance to provide transparency regarding the acute hazards of methylene chloride in paint strippers while they remain on the market. However, the CPSC is not addressing all the hazards identified in the EPA proposed rulemaking.

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Useful Information

Consumer Product Safety Commission.  “Labeling of Certain Household Products Containing Methylene Chloride; Supplemental Guidance.”  Federal Register Vol. 83, No. 55 (Wednesday, March 21, 2018)


Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Methylene Chloride, Paint Strippers



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