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Methylene chloride (MC) is a colorless liquid that has a sweet odor. It is used as paint and varnish remover, a solvent, and a degreaser. Methylene chloride is dangerous. It can severely burn your skin and eyes. It can also damage your liver, kidneys, and brain. You are exposed when you breathe the vapors or get methylene chloride on your skin. Although it has an odor, you may not be aware of it.

Breathing methylene chloride irritates your nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause headaches, nausea, dizziness, and weakness. Severe overexposure can kill you. Bathtub and tile refinishers who use methylene chloride-based products should be especially careful to reduce their exposure and protect themselves.

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    • Methylene chloride
      El cloruro de metileno
      Datos rápidos para trabajadores sobre el cloruro de metileno. El cloruro de metileno (CM) es un líquido incoloro de olor dulce. El cloruro de metileno es muy peligroso. Pude quemarle gravemente la piel y los ojos. También puede dañarle el hígado, los riñones, y el cerebro. - | - Quick facts for employees about methylene chloride. Methylene chloride (MC) is a colorless liquid that has a sweet odor. Methylene chloride is very dangerous. It can severely burn your skin and eyes. It can also damage your liver, kidneys, and brain.
      Spanish  05/19/2015
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      English  05/10/2019

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  • Toxic Paint Removers: Safer Alternatives
    Methylene chloride (dichloromethane) is a widely used solvent that can cause serious illness or death when used in enclosed spaces. The video was produced by the California Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) within the Occupational Health Branch of the California Department of Public Health​.
    English 7:45 minutes  

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