Code of practice for reducing dichloromethane emissions from use of paint strippers

Official title: Code of practice for the reduction of dichloromethane emissions from the use of paint strippers in commercial furniture refinishing and other stripping applications

June 2003
EPS 1/CC/4


Information contained in this document is of a general nature only and is not intended to constitute advice for any specific fact situation. For particular questions, users are invited to contact their lawyer and/or the occupational safety and health authority having jurisdiction for their workplace.

Glossary of terms

The following words and terms used in the code of practice shall have the indicated meaning:


Film-forming material used for the decoration and/or protection of the surfaces of objects. Coatings include, but are not limited to, lacquers, enamels, powders, elastomeric materials, primers, primer surfacers, basecoats, midcoats, and clearcoats.

Commercial paint stripping facility

Operation that provides paint stripping services to the general public as well as to other commercial enterprises.

Dip tank

Paint stripping process in which a coated piece is lowered into (and often submersed in) a tank containing a paint stripping formulation.

Flow-over system

Paint stripping process in which a paint stripping formulation is applied to a coated piece in order to loosen the coating. The item being stripped sits in a shallow tank with an inclined bottom. The paint stripper is applied either manually (for example, bucket) or automatically (for example, hose/pump system).


The person who is responsible for completing the routine paint stripping tasks and who is normally on the premises during the hours of operation.

National Library of Canada cataloguing in publication data

Main entry under title :

Code of Practice for the Reduction of Dichloromethane Emissions from the Use of Paint Strippers in Commercial Furniture Refinishing and Other Stripping Applications

Issued also in French under title: Code de pratiques pour la réduction des émissions de dichlorométhane résultant de l'utilisation de décapants pour peinture dans les entreprises commerciales de remise à neuf de meubles et pour d'autres applications de décapage

ISBN 0-662-33807-3
Cat. no. En40-881/2003E

  1. Dichloromethane – Environmental aspects – Canada.
  2. Paint removers – Environmental aspects – Canada.
  3. Furniture finishing – Environmental aspects – Canada.
  1. Canada. National Office of Pollution Prevention.
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