Friday, 31 January 2014

Methylene Chloride: Hazardous Substance & The Right To Know


      Methylene Chloride is a colorless, volatile, liquid with a sweet odor. It is used as a paint and varnish remover, solvent for plastics, degreasing agents, propellants, and blowing agents. This highly toxic chemical is on the Right to Know Hazardous Substance List because it is cited by OSHA, ACGIH, DOT, NIOSH, NTP, DEP, IARC, IRIS, NFPA and EPA. Methylene chloride is a listed hazardous waste under the California Hazardous Waste Control Act. The law requires hazardous waste to be disposed at a permitted hazardous waste disposal or treatment facility. This means all waste created from using methylene chloride as a stripping agent requires special disposal. Not to mention all the direct health risks associated with using this chemical.  
  • Methylene Chloride can affect you when inhaled and by passing through the skin
  • Methylene Chloride should be handled as a CARCINOGEN and MUTAGEN--WITH EXTREME CAUTION.
  • Contact can severely irritate and burn the skin and eyes with possible eye damage.
  • Inhaling methylene chloride can irritate the nose, throat and lungs.
  • Higher exposure can cause headache, nausea, dizziness, weakness, unconsciousness, and even death.
  • Methylene Chloride may damage the liver and affect the kidneys and brain.
Methylene Chloride is found in consumer products such as spray shoe polish, water repellents, spot removers, wood floor and panel cleaners, adhesive removers, lubricants, wood stains, varnishes and finishes, paint strippers and graffiti removal products, rust removers, glass frosting/artificial snow, and some automotive part cleaning products. Follow this link for a hazardous substance fact sheet on methylene chloride http://nj.gov/health/eoh/rtkweb/documents/fs/1255.pdf The facts are staggering but there are people trying to make changes that will benefit consumers in the end. 
      EcoSolve Americas Inc is a dedicated company that provides a line of paint and coating removal products free of harsh and toxic chemicals like methylene chloride making them completely safe for consumer use. These products are EcoLogo Green Certified as a safe alternative to chemical stripping and eco-preferable for the environment. The waste created from stripping with EcoSolve products is completely safe to dispose of in your regular garbage (provided material does not contain lead). Visit the EcoSolve website http://www.ecosolveamericas.com/ to get safe alternatives for your projects! EcoSolve has taken this issue to the next level and created a petition to ban the use of methylene chloride in consumer products. Follow link to show your support and sign https://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/federal-minister-of-health-ban-the-use-of-methylene-chloride-in-products-for-consumer-use  Protecting consumers from carcinogenic chemicals like methylene chloride can prevent cancer and save lives! Thanks for reading with your support we can make a difference!

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Before Refinishing Furniture


Before refinishing furniture, old paint or varnish must be stripped off. Several options are available. You could sand and scrape the paint off, but that would take a very long time. Dry sanding or scraping also has the added mess and dust hazard. Breathing in paint or varnish dust can irritate the lungs or worse especially if the coating is old with potential lead hazards. You could use a strong paint stripper, but you'd need to wear gloves, a respirator, safety glasses and protective clothing. Methylene chloride is a solvent which is commonly used in chemical paint strippers. Exposure to methylene chloride increases risk of developing cancer, adverse effects on the heart, central nervous system and liver, and skin or eye irritation. Exposure may occur through inhalation, by absorption through the skin, or through contact with the skin. A third option is to use an environmentally friendly paint stripper, which may take a little longer to do the job but is much safer for you and the environment. Follow this link for some quick tips on how to use environmentally friendly paint strippers. http://www.diynetwork.com/decorating/using-an-environmentally-friendly-paint-stripper/index.html If your looking for an environmentally friendly paint stripper that gives you the performance of a chemical stripper and the added safety of a water based gel stripper then look no further than EcoSolve Americas. We pride ourselves with offering environmentally friendly alternatives to dangerous solvents that are powerful, safe, and effective! EcoSolve's Home Strip Paint and Varnish Remover is the revolution of paint and varnish stripping. What was either extremely difficult or extremely hazardous before now can be a fun DIY project! Visit our website for more great info on EcoSolve and our range of safe coating removal options here http://www.ecosolveamericas.com/   

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Getting The Lead Out


     Humans have mined and used lead for over 6,000 years. Across time, the pliable, soft metal has been fashioned into tools and utensils, used as a sweetener for wines, and even to provide an extra kick to a gallon of gasoline or add a gleaming sheen to a coat of paint. For over 1,000 years we've known that lead is poisonous. But it was not until March 29, 1979 that a pediatrician and child psychiatrist named Herbert Needleman first documented the dangers of even the lowest forms of lead exposure. More than 38 million homes in the United States contain deteriorating lead painted walls. Landlords refuse to abate these homes because it costs so much money and the renting parents have neither the funds nor access to safer housing elsewhere.
     In 2012, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lowered the acceptable blood lead level to a 5 micrograms/dl, a mere fraction of the acceptable levels only 30 years earlier. In reality, even this seemingly "low" amount represents too high an acceptable level in a child's body and brain.

The only safe lead level is no lead!

     Despite the overwhelming body of science on this danger, millions of American babies and children are at risk to be poisoned on this anniversary of the discovery of just how damaging lead could be to the developing brain. Who will pay to abate such an environmental hazard -- the landlords, the lead paint producers, the government, everyone -- remains to be seen, as the usual subjects duke it out in courtrooms across America. For more info and full article please follow link http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2013/03/how-a-doctor-discovered-us-walls-were-poisonous.html
     The cost of lead abatement these days seems to be just as scary as the very real risks lead exposure pose to our health. That's why EcoSolve Americas has dedicated time and resources to providing safe lead paint removal information, practices, and products. Everything from links to EPA lead safe info for families http://www2.epa.gov/lead, prevent lead poisoning during home renovation videos http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqUssA-PsD0, to providing advanced EcoLogo Certified gel paint strippers with dust free wet working systems for a safer option to chemical stripping products www.ecosolveamericas.com. Whether your a landlord, home owner, or renter there are steps that can be taken to reduce lead exposure in your home. Thanks for reading if you liked this be sure to subscribe to the EcoSolve Blog at http://cfisher-courtneysblog.blogspot.ca/ for more great posts!