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Jan. 8, 2008
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OSHA Extends Comment Period for Lookback Review of Methylene Chloride Standard

WASHINGTON -- The Department of Labors Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has reopened the public comment period for the review of its methylene chloride (MC) Standard (29 CFR 1910.1052). The Review was originally announced in the July 10, 2007, Federal Register (72 FR 37501 37503).

OSHA issued the Standard in 1997 to protect employees from occupational exposure to MC. The Federal Register notice (www.osha.gov) invites suggestions from the public on how the Standards requirements could be modified to reduce the burden on employers while maintaining employee protection. OSHA is accepting comments until March 10, 2008.

Among its many applications, methylene chloride is used in metal degreasing and aircraft paint removal. It is also used to strip finishes from furniture prior to refinishing, as well as in the manufacturing of some plastics, adhesives, inks, and ink solvents.

Public comments must be submitted no later than March 10, 2008, and can be sent by regular mail, express, hand delivery, or by courier service. Comments should be sent to the OSHA Docket Office, Docket No. OSHA-2007-0024, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave., N.W., Room N2625, Washington, DC 20210. Comments are also accepted