Dichloromethane (DCM) update

5 October 2021

COSHH Essentials direct advice sheets

September 2021 saw HSE publish a new series of Dichloromethane (DCM) advice sheets.

The information sheets will help those working with DCM in paint stripping, and also those using floor laying adhesives, to comply with duties under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (as amended) to control exposure to hazardous substances and protect workers’ health.

The new sheets include:

  • Advice for Managers (DCM0)
  • Brushing or spraying adhesives and paint strippers at transient workplaces (DCM2)
DCM Competency training scheme webpage

The use of DCM as a paint stripper is prohibited unless it is for professional use by a competent person who has completed and passed the HSE competence training scheme and is certified.  

Before purchasing and/or using a DCM-based paint stripper, professionals must attend a mandatory training course.

HSE has recently revised the webpage dedicated to the training scheme. This page allows companies/organisations to register as an approved HSE DCM training course provider and enables suppliers/retailers to verify HSE Certificates of Competence before DCM-based paint strippers can be legally purchased.