ForensisGroup Methylene Chloride Expert Witnesses are knowledgeable about this clear, colorless, nonflammable, volatile liquid chlorinated hydrocarbon. It has a sweet, pleasant smell and emits highly toxic fumes of phosgene when heated to decomposition.
Methylene chloride (also called DCM, dichloromethane, or dimethyl chloride) is typically used as a solvent in paint removers, but is also used in aerosol formulations, as a solvent in pharmaceuticals manufacturing, as a degreasing agent in electronics manufacturing, and as an ethane foam blowing agent. Exposure to methylene chloride by inhalation exposure can cause nose and throat irritation and can impair the central nervous system. The effects on the central nervous system can include decreased visual, auditory, and motor functions, which are reversible once exposure stops.
Many retailers announced they will no longer sell paint strippers that contain the chemicals methylene chloride, which have been blamed in dozens of accidental deaths. Methylene chloride is a possible mutagen and is reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen. Our experts have examined a proposed federal ban by the EPA.
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