Methylene Chloride Exposure Plan for Tufts University
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Methylene Chloride Standard, 29 CFR §1910.1052, became effective on April 10, 1997. The intent of the Methylene Chloride Standard is to protect employees against harmful exposures to methylene chloride through inhalation, skin contact, or eye contact. The rule making effort is based on studies that indicate that exposure to methylene chloride may have adverse effects on the heart, central nervous system and liver and employees exposed to methylene chloride may be at an increased risk of developing cancer.
Methylene chloride, also known as dichloromethane, is a colorless, volatile, nonflammable liquid with a penetrating, ether-like odor. The potential for methylene chloride exposure is greatest in laboratories using the chemical as a solvent and extracting agent.