Thu 09 Jul 2015

Hazardous Paint Used by Vic Firies Banned:

Members may be aware of an article that appeared yesterday in ‘The Australian’ Newspaper advising that The Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning had suspended the use of pressure pack marking products containing the chemicals; Methylene Chloride and Tetrafluoroethane, distributed under the Brand of Dy-Mark…An extract of the article appears below.

Given these products are widely used in the civil construction environment, CCF is currently seeking advice from Dy Mark on which of their products do or do not contain the chemicals Methylene Chloride and Tetrafluoroethane . We will advise Members on what responses we receive from Dy-Mark as they become available.

In the shorter term, we recommend contractors review the relevant MSDS for any pressure pack marking products they are using and check for the inclusion of Methylene Chloride or Tetrafluoroethane in the chemical composition. If these are present, CCF recommend you review the use of those products until further clarifying information as to the relating hazards is known.

Should you have any queries, please contact CCF Victoria on (03) 9822 0900.

News article from The Australian – 8 July, 2015:

A POTENTIALLY cancer-causing paint posing an “unacceptable” risk to Victorian firefighters has been banned and a review is underway to assess the possible health effects.

THE fluorescent spray paint, called Dy-Mark, is used by firefighters to mark hazardous trees due to be cut down. The Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning issued a recall on Wednesday, warning the aerosol paint contained two dangerous chemicals – Methylene chloride and Tetrafluoroethane.

Methylene chloride is listed by Safe Work Australia as a category 3 carcinogen. The department is now reviewing the likely health risk to staff and said the risk was “high and that the exposure potential was unacceptable”.