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Re: cost of compliance

The best avenue to travel is to eliminate the use of Methylene Chloride.  It is a chlorinated solvent the air folks do not appreciate much as we all know.  Ideally, the EPA would like all methylene chloride usage eliminated.

We had one company cleaning molds with Methylene Chloride.  For example purposes, the material to be molded was mixed in two parts, A and B.  Once the part is removed, the mold was cleaned with methylene chloride.  In their search for P2 alternatives, they found that part B which was non-hazardous could replace methylene chloride to clean off the A and B mixture from the mold.

Now my question is:  What are they trying to remove and what type of equipment, part, etc. material needs cleaning?

>>> "Sherry Davis" <sdavis@oz.oznet.ksu.edu> 09/22 12:56 PM >>>
Along similiar lines of a recent posting, i am looking for 
information related to the cost of compliance to use Methylene 
Chloride as a cleaner/stripper.  Due to the new, low OSHA standard 
for this material some industry folks have said the only way to meet 
the exposure limit is by supplied air systems?  Does anyone have any 
information surrounding this issue?  Does anyone know the approximate 
cost of a PPE program using supplied air, (so must have fit tests, 
yearly medical exams, re-certifications).  Costs and other training 
requirement information would be a great help. What are shops 
actually replacing Methylene chloride with, I've a list of possible 
replacements but would like to know what has been an acceptible 
replacement? Thanks, sherry davis

Sherry J. Davis
Industrial P2 Specialist
133 Ward Hall,KSU
Manhattan, KS  66506-2508
913-532-6501   Fax: 913-532-6952