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    EPA Finalizes Ban on use of Methylene Chloride

    Posted by Austin Hardware on May 1, 2024 10:16:41 AM

    NOTICE-1024x747EPA_logo.svgOn April 30, 2024, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized a ban on most uses of methylene chloride. The chemical has been found to cause various forms of cancer, including cancers of the liver, lungs, brain, and blood.

    Methylene chloride is a solvent commonly used in various manufacturing processes and is often used as a paint stripper, degreaser, and in the production of pharmaceuticals and plastics. Another prevalent use of methylene chloride in commercial applications is in manufacturing sealants and adhesives. This may include certain types of contact adhesives, contact cement, solvent welding adhesives, solvent-based adhesives, and two-part polyurethane cement. 

    Our vendor, Chemical Concepts, has developed a list of specific products that may be affected by the ban, which you can find HERE.

    Products unlikely to be affected include the following:

     • MMA adhesives
     • Tapes
     • Silicone
     • Urethane sealants
     • MS polymer
     • Cyanoacrylates
     • UV curable adhesives

    The EPA's action may include a phase-out period to allow affected industries time to transition from using methylene chloride. Sealant and adhesive manufacturers may be required to reformulate their products or find alternative chemicals or processes.

    sds-254x318If you are uncertain if your products contain methylene chloride, we suggest you check the specific product SDS sheets. You can check our website or call your nearest Austin Hardware location for assistance.

    If you are using products that will be discontinued because they contain methylene chloride, the chemical products experts at Austin Hardware are here to assist you in finding alternatives. We encourage you to contact your sales representative to begin that process.

    Click HERE to view the EPA's official press release to learn more about the ban.


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