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Proposed Regulations: Paint and Varnish Strippers and Graffiti Removers Containing N-Methylpyrrolidone

DTSC proposes to list Paint and Varnish Strippers and Graffiti Removers Containing N-Methylpyrrolidone (NMP) as a Priority Product. Workers and consumers can be exposed to NMP during normal use of paint or varnish strippers. Exposure to NMP is associated with adverse health effects, including developmental toxicity, central nervous system depression, and skin and eye irritation. Women, children, and women of child-bearing age may be especially susceptible to NMP’s developmental effects.

DTSC published a Product-Chemical Profile for Paint and Varnish Strippers and Graffiti Removers Containing NMP in August 2018, outlining the scientific basis for proposing to list this product-chemical combination as a Priority Product under the Safer Consumer Product Regulations. 

Public Comment Period
DTSC held a public comment period for the draft profile. The comment period was open from August 28, 2018 until October 1, 2018. The comments received can be viewed on the CalSAFER site. Input from the workshop and public comment period will be taken into consideration as the Department finalizes the Product-Chemical Profile in preparation for rulemaking. 

Public Workshop
DTSC held a public workshop regarding the draft technical profile on September 18, 2018. Below are downloads related to this workshop: 

SCP Priority Products