Don't dice with DCM - deal with it!

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Welcome to your new-look Testing and Monitoring ebulletin

We've extended the HSE brand. While we will continue to provide Guidance and Research on our main website to help you comply with health and safety law, we also offer paid-for solutions to help with your management of health and safety.

HSL products and services are now offered under the HSE brand and include:
Publications and ProductsTraining and EventsTesting and MonitoringResearch and Consultancy

DCM

Dichloromethane (DCM), also known as methylene chloride, is a very effective solvent. It’s typically used as a paint stripper, but also can be found in other products such as degreasers and adhesives.

Breathing in DCM vapour can produce narcotic effects. These include drowsiness, headache, giddiness and, at high concentrations, unconsciousness and death. DCM evaporates easily producing high concentrations of vapour, particularly in confined spaces or where ventilation is inadequate.

In May, a materials supplier and a maintenance contractor were fined a total of £750,000 following the death of a floor layer in London.

Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard that in 2015, 30-year-old Paul Tilcock was found dead on the bathroom floor by the owner whose house he was working in. The adhesive used to fix the flooring contained a large amount of DCM.

An HSE investigation found that the contractor had not implemented any systems or procedures adequately to control the risks to its employees from working in an enclosed space with a substance known to be hazardous to health.


Don’t dice with DCM - deal with it

HSE’s website offers a wealth of information and guidance on controlling substances hazardous to health. There’s also a free information sheet related to the use of dichloromethane (DCM) as a paint stripper for wood.

If you need additional support, we offer bespoke consultancy to help you to take an effective approach to the management of your health and safety risks.

Our Complete Worker Health approach offers an impartial overview of your health and safety strategy. We will work with you to help you understand and prioritise your major health and safety risks and work with you to devise a tailored, sustainable plan that will lead your organisation towards health and safety risk management excellence.

The approach provides reassurance you are prioritising the right areas and is underpinned by HSE science and regulatory insight.

To find out more, contact Panos Stavrakakis


Monitor your Control Measures

To complement your health risk management, we also offer a comprehensive range of environmental and biological testing for DCM as well as other hazardous substances.

To find about how our services can help you to continuously monitor the efficacy of your ongoing control measures, contact Delia Lomas-Fletcher


 

Get the knowledge

There’s still chance to boost your knowledge by booking onto the following training courses:

Biological Monitoring for Chemical Exposures at Work Thursday 18th July

Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) Tuesday 30th - Wednesday 31st July

COSHH Training - Practical Assessment and Control Wednesday 7th August

 

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