Essential reading for retailers and suppliers in the home improvement market

90% of paint strippers could be banned by Brussels proposals

Published: 19 November 2008
A possible European Commission led ban on the use of dichloromethane would affect 90% of all paint strippers currently on the market, according to a Scottish MEP.
90% of paint strippers could be banned by Brussels proposals
The commission has proposed restrictions on the sale and use of paint strippers containing dichloromethane, also known as DCM.

Its proposals would create a blanket ban on the use of DCM products by the public and the general use by professionals operating outside industrial premises - although the UK will be able to decide the extent of this itself.

While the EC also wants to see an increase in protection for workers during industrial use of such paint strippers through compulsory use of protective equipment like gloves and masks as well as improved strip tanks and adequate ventilation.

The ban, which could be adopted by the European Parliament and the Council by the end of the year, follows fears the vapour from the chemical, which is toxic to the central nervous system, has caused a number of accidents and even fatalities across the continent.

However, Tory MEP Struan Stevenson, said there was no proof linking the chemicals to illness or deaths and the decision would cost the UK's DIY industry millions of pounds.

He said: "It is totally unacceptable. A change in law would cost the UK between £31m and £220m-a-year not to mention the increased health and safety risks from alternative measures that have not been thoroughly tested.

Mr Stevenson also stated other methods of paint removal, such as blowtorches and hot-air guns, account for more than 200 accidents in the UK annually.

EC vice-president Günter Verheugen, responsible for enterprise and industry policy, said: "Our proposal will achieve a high level of protection of human health and will provide an important measure of added safety for consumers and workers".

Comments


(Your email address will not be published)
Already Registered?
Sign In
Not Yet Registered?
Register
Printable View E-mail Bookmark
*

What do you think?


Have you seen a greater interest in tiling from younger consumers, as a result of social media influences?


Latest reader comments

re: Hardware store wins fight against music licence body

Will
I am treasurer or a sports and social club and have a £724 bill from PPLPRS. Part of the bill is for dance clases, but a lot of the cost is ...

re: The man who put the Q in B&Q visits latest store

B&Q bob
The old BQ that he built respected staff loyalty and rewarded those willing to learn extra to be able to advise customers. The new BQ cut ...

re: Builder wins Toolstation's prize draw pick-up

Rob Burns
First time in store Dudley. Steph helped me find what i was looking for, so now will be my first place to use....

re: Homeowners worry over-the-top smart security might attract burglars

AndyH
No Way,I call BS on that one. Burglars have always been detrerred by obvoius expensive alram systems, window marking and security lighting. ...

re: Kingfisher study reveals the home is more important to happiness than our jobs

B&Q bob
Ironic then that kingfisher has altered it's staffs Hours so we get to spend less time with our families in our homes than ever before. ...

Most read stories