CDC: 13 Deaths Tied To Chemical Methylene Chloride, 3 Dead in Florida, Georgia and Michigan using Klean-Strip KS-3 Premium Stripper available at Home Depot.
Friday, February 24, 2012
Detroit – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a warning Thursday about using a common paint-stripping chemical to refinish bathtubs after tying it to 13 deaths in 10 states. See CDC Report at link http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6107a2.htm?s_cid=mm6107a2_w
The CDC said the alert was based on research that began at Michigan State University. Scientists found 13 deaths between 2000 and 2011 of workers using products containing methylene chloride to strip paint from residential bathtubs. Three of the deaths were in Michigan, and the remaining 10 were reported in nine other states. Methylene chloride is widely used as a degreaser and paint remover in industrial and home-improvement products.
DEATH IN A CAN AT HOME DEPOT: Three men were killed in Florida, Georgia and Michigan, they had been using Klean-Strip KS-3 Premium Stripper which is sold at the Home Depot Stores. “The Klean-Strip 1-Gallon KS-3 Premium Stripper helps remove multiple layers of latex, oil-based paints, polyurethane, epoxy, varnish and shellac from most wood, metal and masonry surfaces. It removes most coatings in as little as 15 minutes, Item Package Type: Metal Container only, no shipping available pick up only.”
“Each death occurred in a residential bathroom with inadequate ventilation,” the CDC said in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. “Protective equipment, including a respirator, either was not used or was inadequate to protect against methylene chloride vapor.” The report said the chemical “has been recognized as potentially fatal to furniture strippers and factory workers but has not been reported previously as a cause of death among bathtub refinishers.”
Using methylene chloride-based products in confined spaces like bathrooms presents great risks, the CDC said. It urged worker safety and public health agencies, manufacturers and trade groups to “communicate the extreme hazards” of their use to employers, workers and the public. “Employers should strongly consider alternative methods of bathtub stripping,” it said.
The co-author of the CDC warning, Michigan State industrial hygienist Debra Chester, first investigated the 2010 death of a 52-year-old man who owned a bathtub refinishing business, his cause of death was listed as “sudden cardiorespiratory arrest due to or as a consequence of inhalation of toxic fumes.” She then discovered two other Michigan deaths, leading to a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health investigation that turned up 13 deaths, WAY TO GO HOME DEPOT!
HOME DEPOT: Klean-Strip 1-Gallon KS-3 Premium Stripper, Helps remove multiple layers of paint, epoxy and polyurethane from most wood, metal and masonry surfaces;
Works in as little as 15 minutes
For indoor or outdoor use
Brushable thick paste formula clings to vertical surfaces without runs or drips
MFG Brand Name : Klean-Strip
MFG Model # : GKS3
MFG Part # : GKS3
HOME DEPOT customer review of Klean-Strip K-3 Premium stripper, “to say this stuff is toxic is an understatement. If it touches you anywhere, you burn immediately. If it gets in your eyes, you will be in the hospital, no question. Steer clear of this stuff. It is overly toxic for a product that really does not work well”
MSDS SAFETY SHEET ON Klean Strip Adhesive Remover / Klean Strip Premium Stripper….Danger! Poison. May be fatal or cause blindness if swallowed. Eye and skin irritant. Vapor Harmful. Use only with adequate ventilation to prevent buildup of vapors. If the work area is not well ventilated, do not use this product. Causes formation of carbon monoxide in blood which may affect the cardiovascular system and central nervous system…..AND HOME DEPOT IS SELLING THIS STUFF TO THE DO-IT YOURSELF CROWD, WHAT THE HELL? SEE LINK http://www.homedepot.com/catalog/pdfImages/21/21c0034c-c330-4b4d-b615-22355e9a41ca.pdf
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