A safe future for polyurethane products
A diverse product
Polyurethane (PU) adhesives and sealants are versatile, innovative and safe. They are used in a wide variety of applications in construction, packaging, automotive, furniture, engineering, marine, transportation, and many more. PU products are made by reacting diisocyanates and polyols.
A new regulation has been adopted
REACH is a regulation of the European Union, adopted to improve the protectionof human health and the environment from risks that can be posed by chemicals, while enhancing the competitiveness of the EU chemicals industry. On 4 August 2020, a new restriction on diisocyanates was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. It targets respiratory and dermal sensitisation potentially caused by diisocyanates and requires training prior to use.
What does the restriction mean, how is the training developing and what is the timeline for implementation?
Your staff will need to be trained and certified by 24 August 2023 in how to handle products containing diisocyanates safely. This will apply to all professional and industrial users of products with a total monomeric diisocyanate concentration of > 0.1%. Since 24 February 2022, such products have to carry a phrase on the label indicating the requirement of training. FEICA, in coordination with ISOPA and ALIPA, the diisocyanate manufacturers’ industry associations, prepared training material for use by its members and by adhesive or sealant users, which is available via FEICA’s dedicated PU Training webpage www.feica.eu/PUinfo.
The PU Training Platform, available in six languages, can be accessed via www.safeusediisocyanates.eu. The training platform will be available in all EU languages by the end of 2022.
Holding a certification to prove attendance to the training, including a final exam, will be mandatory for all professional and industrial users applying the product by 24 August 2023. The adopted legal text requires the training to be provided by an expert in occupational Health & Safety. Employers must keep records of the training provided to their employees.