Important Regulations



Beschreibung: European Union

June 2009 – Decisions adopted jointly by the EU Parliament and the Council / Decision No 455/2009/EC on 6 May 2009 amending Council Directive 76/769/EEC as regards restriction on the marketing and use of dichloromethane. or pdf download: Link Dichloromethane is the last substance to be regulated under the EU’s 1976 directive on limiting the marketing and use of dangerous substances. The directive was officially repealed on June 1, 2009 and its provisions moved into the EU’s REACH regulation. This alone shows how strong and serious all parties were engaged in bringing this DCM paint stripper debate to a safer end for the users, with the exception for those which will continue to be exposed based on derogations by their member states.



December 1995 – Bundesminister für Umwelt über Verbote und Beschränkungen von organischen Lösungsmittel / Federal Minister for the Environment, Ban and Restrictions on Organic Solvents : Link

§ 1 (1) defines the application range for organic solvents including paint removers (page 1). According to §3 (1) the marketing of formulated products as defined in §1 (1), containing chlorinated hydrocarbons or benzene is forbidden (page 2).



May 1993 – Arbeids Tilsynet / National Working Environment Authority, Denmark : Link
Executive Order on the Determination of Code Numbers
The Executive order No. 301 of 13 May 1993 determines how a code number of a product Executive order on Work with Code-numbered Products is calculated by taking into account all its ingredients to define the minimum safety precautions to be taken in certain work situations. A code number consists of 2 elements and the number before the hyphen (MAL – amount of air needed for occupational hygiene) addresses the risk of vapours to be inhaled when the number after the hyphen (MAL-factor) targets possible skin and eye contact, inhalation of drops or dust and unintended ingestion.

Executive order on Work with Code-numbered Products
The Executive order No. 302 of 13 May 1993 defines that all traded products in Denmark need a code number defined acc. to Executive order 301.
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According to experts from the Danish Painters Occupational Health Service a paint strippers containing 25-30% dichloromethane would typical have a code number of 5-6, the highest possible.
According to the Danish Working Environment Authority a professional decorator would need an approval from the authority if wants to use a DCM paint stripper and such a case has not happened for many years.
In 2000 a project was launched that was built onto a voluntary agreement between paint industry and the Danish EPA to substitute dichloromethane in paint strippers. This project introduced a tax per kg dichloromethane used to achieve 100% substitution and recommended possible alternatives.
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February 2006 – Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin (BAuA) – Germany – Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (FIOSH)
TRGS 612 “Ersatzstoffe, Ersatzverfahren und Verwendungsbeschaenkungen für dichlormethanhaltige Abbeizmittel”
TRGS 612 “Substitute substances, substitute processes and restrictions on the use of methylene chloride-based paint strippers“
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In this latest revision of the Technical Regulation for Hazardous Substances – TRGS 612 – the Federal Institute comes to the conclusion that the hazard potential of methylene chloride-based paint strippers is not fully apparent from the classification and labelling information, whilst suitable, effective, methylene chloride-free paint strippers can be readily obtained (and readily used from a technical viewpoint) for all coatings that are removable with methylene chloride-based strippers. A list of methylene chloride-free paint strippers can be downloaded at (visit also our section “important links”).
The text of this regulation is available in German and English.

January 2006 – Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin (BAuA)
TRGS 900 Arbeitsplatzgrenzwerte : Link
As part of the revision of the Technical Regulation for Hazardous Substances – TRGS 900 – the list of Exposure Limits no longer includes methylene chloride (dichloromethane). The old value of 100 ppm has been deleted and a new value has not been defined because the risks associated with thís substance are considered unacceptable and protective measures are thus insufficient according to a BAuA toxicologist at the DCM Paint Stripper Forum in Brussels in November 2005.


European Union

November 2001 – Official Journal of the European Communities
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This list of priority substances including substances identified as priority hazardous substances, provided for in Article 16(2) and (3) of Directive 2000/60/EC is adopted. Dichloromethane is listed as No. 11 in the field of Water Policy.



October 1997 – U.S. Department of Labor / Occupational Safety & Health Administration

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Occupational Exposure to Methylene Chloride 68:1494-1619
OSHA has determined that the current permissible exposure limits (PELs) allow employee exposure to a significant risk and is reducing the existing 8/hour time/weighted average (TWA) exposure from 500 ppm of air to 25 ppm. The final standard will prevent an estimated 31 cancer deaths per year and an estimated three deaths per year from acute central nervous system and carboxyhemoglobinemic effects.