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DCM in Paint Removal

EU Regulation 1907/2006/Ec Banning the Marketing and Use of Paint Strippers Containing Methylene Chloride (DCM)

Summary

This regulation bans the supply and use of all paint removers containing DCM.

Exceptions

The only exceptions where use is allowed are:

  • by suitably accredited "professionals" (see below)
  • in industrial installations

Timescale

  • From 6.12.11, DCM paint removers may only be supplied to suitably accredited "professionals"
  • Any user, "professional" or otherwise, may continue to use DCM paint removers that they have in stock until 6th June 2012
  • The accreditation scheme for "professionals" has yet to be approved by the regulatory authority. It is expected to be in place between June and October 2012.

In More Detail

  • The regulation concerns "the use of paint strippers containing DCM to remove paints, varnishes and lacquers, both indoors and outdoors"
  • Paint removers containing DCM may only be supplied to "professionals" who are accredited, in accordance with the provisions of the derogation [exception] to the EU regulation, to use paint removers containing DCM
  • The regulation defines "professional" in this instance as "any natural or legal person, including workers and self employed workers undertaking paint stripping in the course of their professional activity outside an industrial installation". (Paint removers containing DCM may continue to be supplied to anybody with an industrial installation)
  • Thus, paint removers containing DCM may only be supplied to "professionals" who are accredited according to the regulations. They may not be supplied to the general public
  • Other products containing DCM, such as resin removers, adhesive removers etc, may be supplied to anybody, "professional" or general public, without any requirement for the user to be accredited,
  • However, products containing DCM, such as resin removers, adhesive removers etc, may only be supplied for their intended purpose - resin removers for removing resin, adhesive removers for removing adhesive etc. To supply such products for the purpose of removing paint would be breaking the law.
  • Similarly, anybody stripping paint (other than an accredited professional - see next point) with products containing DCM such as resin removers, flooring adhesive removers etc, would be breaking the law.
  • Only "professionals", who are accredited in accordance with the provisions of the derogation to the EU regulations to use paint removers containing DCM, may use other products containing DCM - such as resin removers, flooring adhesive removers etc - for any purpose they wish, including removing paint.

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Professional Use - Accreditation

Professional users who wish to use DCM paint strippers will be required to become accredited through approved training. The exact format of the training and details of the derogation are still to be finalised with the regulatory authority. It is expected that the scheme will be approved no later than October 2012. We will, however, expect to have details of the training available beforehand.

If you would like to be made aware when the training is available, or would like more information regarding what products you can use in the meantime, please email us.

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