Friday, 24 May 2013

U.S. Reviews Paint Stripper Chemicals

Largely banned in Europe and linked to multiple deaths in the U.S., toxic paint-stripper chemicals are finally getting a serious look from the Environmental Protection Agency. Methylene chloride, or dichloromethane (DCM), and n-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) in paint stripper products top a list of five chemicals that are the subject of new draft risk assessments by the EPA. The five are among 83 chemicals that EPA’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics announced last year that it would study as part of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) work plan. EPA is reviewing the chemicals' potential human health and ecological hazards. For example, EPA believes DCM and NMP pose inhalation and dermal exposure concerns for workers, consumers and bystanders when they are used in paint stripping processes, according to a fact sheet released by the agency. The dangers of methylene chloride paint strippers have been gaining notoriety in recent years. On Feb. 24, 2012, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a warning about the use of the products after linking them to more than a dozen accidental deaths. The CDC had previously flagged methylene chloride as a potentially fatal occupational hazard, and the 2012 alert noted that exposure to the chemical without proper ventilation and protective equipment could kill almost instantly. For full article and links to details Alternatives to these toxic options for paint removal are available! No need to take the risk with toxic chemical stripping or heat applications that can damage ornate wood decorations, only remove small sections at a time, and burn you! EcoSolve Americas has the UL Green Certified safe yet tough options for effective professional and consumer paint removal. EcoSolve has patented water based technology that penetrates the water molecules in all kinds of paint, varnishes, all types of graffiti, textured and other type coatings to safely lift from substrate being stripped. There is no chemical reaction that releases hazardous fumes and the products themselves are fume free. With the EPA taking a closer look at toxic chemical stripper ingredients its more important than ever to find better options that EcoSolve can provide. EcoSolve's Tough Not Toxic Paint Remover details available at    

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Reducing Indoor Air Pollution Avoid Carcinogens At Home

According to the EPA, indoor air pollution is one of the nation's most pressing personal health concerns. Peak concentrations of 20 toxic compounds - some linked with cancer and birth defects - were 200 to 500 times higher inside some homes than outdoors, according to a 5-year EPA study that surveyed 600 homes in six cities. Symptoms such as runny nose, itchy eyes, a scratchy throat, headaches, fatigue, dizziness, skin rash, and respiratory infections are all common reactions to indoor air pollution. Left untreated, long-term exposure to indoor pollution can result in lung cancer, or damage to the liver, kidney and central nervous system.

Safety Guidelines For Avoiding Carcinogens At home
  • Read all labels carefully before using products. Be aware of their uses and dangers.
  • Leave products in their original container with the label that clearly identifies the contents.
  • Never put household products in food or beverage containers.
  • Do not mix products unless the label directs you to do so. This can cause explosive or poisonous chemical reactions. Even different brands of the same product may contain incompatible ingredients.
  • Use only what is needed. Twice as much doesn't mean twice the results. Follow the label.
  • If you are pregnant, avoid toxic chemical exposure as much as possible. Many toxic products have not been fully tested for their effects on the unborn.
  • Use products in well-ventilated areas to avoid inhaling fumes. Open windows and use an exhaust fan, making sure air is exiting outside rather than being recirculated indoors. Take plenty of fresh air breaks. Be sure to use adequate skin, eye, and respirator protection.
  • Do not eat, drink, or smoke while using hazardous products. Traces of hazardous chemicals can be carried from hand to mouth. Smoking can start a fire if the products are flammable.
  • Clean up after using hazardous products. Carefully seal containers.
Young children are especially vulnerable to impaired lung function and respiratory infection. The risk for leukemia increases by four to seven times for children, ages 10 and under, whose parents use home or garden pesticides. In 1990, more than 4,000 toddlers under age four were admitted to hospital emergency rooms as a result of household cleaner-related injuries. Methylene chloride, the propellant used in many aerosol products, is carcinogenic. Some products containing methylene chloride have been pulled from the market, but the carcinogen continues to be found in many consumer products such as spray paint and paint strippers. For full article please follow link

Here at EcoSolve we know how important it is to have safe products available for use in the home and work environment. That's why EcoSolve has a line of UL green certified paint removal products that safely and effectively replace chemical paint removers most commonly containing methylene chloride an extremely toxic and carcinogenic chemical still available for consumer purchase in various paint and paint removal products. Visit our website to see the benefits of using safe alternatives by EcoSolve for all your home improvement and hobby/workshop projects. Tough enough for professional use and certified safe for consumers. EcoSolve Americas is Tough Not Toxic!

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Healthy Schools Program Eliminating Lead Certified Contractors Needed

The EPA has created a set of guidelines so that all states can maintain a level of quality in education complexes. The EPA used these guidelines to address some important environmental issues that may arise in K-12 facilities. Poor ventilation, safe storage for chemicals, smart material selection, green painting, and adequate paint chip clean up. This is dubbed the Healthy Schools Program, and its “Voluntary Guidelines for States: Development and Implementation of a School Environmental Health Program” is aimed at school districts, schools, child care facilities, etc. For details on the Healthy Schools Program follow link

A recent study out of the University of Illinois at Chicago examined the blood lead levels of third graders between 2003 and 2006—students now likely to be roaming the halls at CPS high schools. It turns out that at three-quarters of Chicago's 464 elementary schools, the students' average blood lead level was high enough to be considered poisoned, according to standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And although lead poisoning is rarely mentioned in the debate on how to improve schools, the UIC research shows just how much it may be damaging kids' ability to succeed. According to the study, lead-poisoned students in Chicago Public Schools are more likely to fail the third grade and score notably lower on their yearly standardized tests. For full article follow link

Safe lead paint removal has become more important than ever! Removing lead paint hazards from schools and child care facilities is one of the first steps to reducing lead exposure to young children but it doesn't stop there! There are literally thousands of pre-1970s built homes in the United States and Canada. The paint on a lot of these homes is starting to peel exposing the older layers underneath that contain lead. Certified contractors have their work cut out for them to safely remove and reduce lead hazards in residential homes. This growing need for safe lead paint removal has prompted EcoSolve Americas to step up and provide wet working water based gel strippers for safe lead paint removal. Tough enough for professional use and safe enough for consumers Home Strip Paint and Varnish Remover can remove all types of coatings and keeps material wet eliminating lead dust hazards. EcoSolve's patented water based technology takes solvents and caustics out of the equation. No fumes, no dust, and no heat! Home Strip is the UL Green Certified non toxic alternative to chemical and mechanical paint removal. Check out the EcoSolve website for more details Get Tough Not Toxic options from EcoSolve and safely reduce lead paint hazards today!            

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Reporting Asbestos in Public Buildings

"People want and deserve to have easier access to information about the presence of asbestos in public buildings," said Dustin Duncan, the minister of health for the province of Saskatchewan. The province has passed a bill that will make Saskatchewan the first province in Canada to require mandatory reporting of asbestos in public buildings. The new legislation will require that any buildings owned by the province, such as hospitals, schools, or those used by crown corporations, must be listed in the registry if there is asbestos present. For full article follow link Asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral that is resistant to flames and corrosion and was used during the past century mixed with cement to reinforce construction materials, woven into textiles for fireproof insulation products, you can even find it in the textured ceilings of older family homes and apartment buildings. Asbestos is the leading cause of deaths from mesothelioma and lung cancer. Due to the long latency period, the incidence of malignant mesothelioma continues to rise in Canada despite the restrictions on asbestos use that began over 30 years ago. It wasn't until 2007 The Canadian Cancer Society called for the Canadian government to completely phase out use and export of asbestos. For references follow link Now companies are using wet work techniques to safely remove textured ceilings suspected of asbestos contamination from buildings and homes to eliminate potential hazards. Demolition Contractors, Restoration Contractors, and Facility Maintenance Workers are always looking for safer ways to remove asbestos contaminated building products. Restoration work in particular often involves removal of damaged ceiling, wall and flooring materials. These materials, even in a private home, are suspect for asbestos, and must be treated as asbestos unless proven non-asbestos by sampling and analysis. The problem is that most of this work must be done on a moment’s notice, and budgets are limited by insurance settlements. The most cost effective and timely method, while still complying with regulations is to skip the asbestos inspection, assume the material to be asbestos, and use safe removal techniques to proceed with the remediation. EcoSolve Americas has the solution for the safe and effective removal of all types of textured coatings possibly contaminated with asbestos fibers. X-Tex Textured Coatings Remover is the only textured coatings remover that encases material with a specially patented gel formula preventing hazardous fibers from being released into the air. Unlike other texture removers X-Tex is non-toxic, fume free, and UL Global Certified as a safe alternative to chemical strippers. Clings 100% to all surfaces for easy application and less mess! No more messy water and foam concoctions just wipe surface with a damp rag for easy clean up as product is neutralized with just water. For more info on X-Tex and other Tough Not Toxic products from EcoSolve please visit 

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

The Right To Know

We believe that any hazardous ingredients, such as carcinogens or reproductive toxins, should be identified, so that consumers can make informed choices. Twenty years ago, workers won the right to know what hazardous chemicals they could be exposed to in the workplace, with the adoption of the federal Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS). But consumers still don't have that right — even though household products may contain the same toxic ingredients used in the workplace. Household paint strippers, for example, often contain methylene chloride, which is listed as a possible human carcinogen (cancer-causing substance) by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Follow this link to sign petition to ban methylene chloride from consumer products Many household cleaners contain 2-butoxyethanol, a substance declared toxic under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. Home workshop lubricants may contain perchloroethylene, a probable human carcinogen the list goes on and on. In the workplace, all those ingredients are listed and their hazards identified. But not in consumer products. We believe that has to change. Canadians have shown that they want government to recognize their right to know. A poll commissioned by Strategic Communications in April 2007 showed that 93 per cent of respondents wanted labeling to identify any toxic chemicals in their household products. Follow this link for full article and links to participate in this initiative If your looking for safe alternatives to hazardous methylene chloride based chemical strippers EcoSolve Americas has green certified solutions. EcoSolve's patented water based formula effectively softens and strips all types of paints, varnish, and coatings with no damage to the surface and no fumes. EcoSolve has Tough Not Toxic solutions for professional and consumer use. Visit the EcoSolve website for more details