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Trade groups claim methylene chloride standard will cost jobs
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Despite vociferous opposition from several trade groups, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is setting new guidelines for the use of methylene chloride, a known carcinogen.
OSHA is expected to announce in the next several days that worker exposure to methylene chloride be reduced from 500 part per million parts of air (ppm) to 25 ppm during a normal working day.
Methylene chloride is a solvent used extensively in the paint removal, construction and foam industries.
OSHA's decision to issue the new standards follows intense debate between the agency and …