Fatalities found among bathtub refinishers
An investigation into the death of a Michigan bathtub refinisher in 2010 has uncovered more than a dozen other fatalities that may be related to the same chemical compound. In the Feb. 24 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, a publication by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers looked at the effect of methylene chloride, a paint-stripping product for aircraft maintenance marketed for use in aircraft maintenance.
Working in tandem with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the agencies identified 13 bathtub refinisher fatalities associated with methylene chloride stripping agents that had been investigated in nine states during 2000 to 2011. Each death occurred in a residential bathroom with inadequate ventilation. Protective equipment, including a respirator, either was not used or was inadequate to protect against methylene chloride vapor, which has been recognized as potentially fatal to furniture strippers and factory workers, but has not been reported previously as a cause of death among bathtub refinishers.
Bathtub refinishing is offered to consumers through a number of home improvement outlets and service providers.
The ages of the 13 decedents ranged from 23 to 57 years. Twelve were male.
Ten different products were associated with the 13 deaths. Six of the products were marketed for use in the aircraft industry, the rest for use on wood, metal, glass and masonry. None of the product labels mentioned bathtub refinishing. The percentage of methylene chloride in the products ranged from 60% to 100%.
This is really unfortunate.
This is really unfortunate. Hopefully they would soon ban the material along with the products. We need safer products. When it comes to bathroom we hardly pay attention to its decor but with things like bathroom vanity cabinets we could change the look of our bathroom.
Leviton appoints new sales executive
Electrical device manufacturer Leviton has promoted John LaMontagne to the position of VP sales for the company’s Lighting Energy Solutions business unit. In his new role, LaMontagne will be responsible for the sales and specification of Leviton’s broad portfolio of lighting systems, metering and energy management products.
LaMontagne most recently served as the director of technical sales for Leviton’s Lighting Energy Solutions group. He initially joined Leviton in 1994 as a specification engineer working for the Electrical Distribution group. He played an integral role in the launch of this group and was instrumental in building Leviton’s commercial and industrial initiatives in the Northeast. LaMontagne then moved into a corporate training position, where he continued to develop Leviton’s technical support and training capabilities.
In 2001, LaMontagne was promoted to Eastern Region Sales Manager of Lighting Management Systems and spearheaded the growth of this energy management initiative.
"John has a multitude of valuable skills combined with a deep industry background with focused technical training expertise and experience," said William Marshall, Leviton’s senior VP sales and marketing. "These skill sets will be a key asset as Leviton faces the challenges of an ever-evolving energy solutions marketplace.”
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“Showrooming” spreads to more categories
Consumers who use brick-and-mortar stores to research possible purchases — and then buy the product on the Internet — tend to gravitate toward certain housewares, according to The NPD Group, a market research firm. But even more alarming to physical store owners is the practice of “showrooming,” which is growing to include more categories, the research firm said.
In 2011, 15% to 20% of consumers were “showrooming” categories such as stand mixers, electric knives, sewing machines and some floor cleaners. But the NPD is now seeing the practice n purchases of power tools, hairsetters and robotic vacuums.
The NPD Group, Inc. / Consumer Tracking Service shows that in total small kitchen electrics, 7% of consumers who researched their product in a brick-and-mortar store made their purchase online. Within personal care, that number is 4%, and in home improvement, 2%. On the flip side, two in three consumers that researched a home-related product online, ended up purchasing it in the brick-and-mortar store, a practice that has been the norm.
“We are a long way off from a world of online-only shopping,” said Perry James, president of Home and Office Supplies, The NPD Group. “The majority of consumers buy their kitchen appliances, personal care and home environment products in a brick-and-mortar store.” He added, however, that the prevalence of smartphones provides consumers with the ability to do price comparisons in real time, while still in the store. “This [is] increasing the challenge retailers are faced with to offer the best price,” James observed.
“The need to touch and feel a product before making the purchase is still very compelling for most customers, and that is what initially gets them in the door,” he continued. “Once they have the items in their hands and have decided they want it, the need for immediate gratification can be too strong to go home and wait for an item to be shipped to their home, even if it is the less expensive option.”
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SHOWROOM TO ON-LINE
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