Webinar host: National Pollution Prevention Roundtable and the Western Sustainability and Pollution Prevention Network (This webinar is part of the Safer Chemistry Challenge Program Webinar Series)
Description: Methylene chloride has been used for many years in consumer product paint strippers that are purchased from Home Depot, paint supply, and hardware stores. The strippers are used by consumers, small furniture stripping companies, contractors, boatyards and various other businesses to strip a range of items. The chemical is a carcinogen and acute exposure to methylene chloride strippers is linked to two deaths in California in the last few years. This presentation will describe two projects that focused on developing, testing and demonstrating safer alternatives to methylene chloride consumer product paint strippers. It will also focus on the actions California agencies could take to restrict the use of the strippers.
Presenter: Dr. Katy Wolf (Director, Institute for Research and Technical Assistance); Dr. Wolf is director of the Institute for Research and Technical Assistance (IRTA), a nonprofit organization established in 1989. IRTA identifies, develops, tests, and demonstrates safer alternatives for industrial and consumer product applications. IRTA also performs emerging and advanced technology demonstrations that reduce or eliminate the use of hazardous substances. IRTA's work focuses heavily on solvent alternatives in cleaning, dry cleaning, electronics, paint stripping, coatings, lubricants and adhesives. Over the last 20 years, IRTA's projects have led to a reduction in the use of hazardous substances in California of more than 100 tons per day. Dr. Wolf spent fourteen years at the Rand Corporation, where she performed research on alternatives to ozone depleting substances and chlorinated solvents. Dr. Wolf has authored more than 200 publications. She has a Ph.D. in Chemical Physics.