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Action Page – Toxic Paint Removers: Safer Alternatives

Paint remover alternatives poster at a hardware storeThe California Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program investigates work-related fatalities to identify the causes and prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.

This video explains how Jason, a painter, almost died when he used a paint remover containing methylene chloride... and what can be done to prevent this from happening again.

Digital stories are best used as educational triggers that can kick off a worker training session and facilitate discussion. See below for video discussion questions, fact sheets, the corresponding FACE investigation report, and video download instructions.

Safer Alternatives Video

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Digital Story Discussion Questions

  • What happened to Jason?
  • Have you or someone you know ever faced a similar hazard?
  • What are some precautions that could have been used at Jason’s jobsite?
  • What needs to be done to identify potential hazards prior to starting a painting job?


Visit the Methylene Chloride topic page.

Obtain Copies of the Video

You can download the video from Vimeo (link below), or order a copy by calling 510-620-5757 or e-mailing the FACE program.

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