As known, diisocyanates are category 1 respiratory and skin sensitisers.
Restriction 74 of Annex XVII of the REACH Regulation, with EU Regulation 2020/1149 published on 08/04/2020, provides that:
- the industrial and professional use of products containing free diisocyanates in a concentration ≥ 0.1% is only permitted to personnel who, within 24 August 2023, has successfully completed the training, which topics are reported in the Restriction itself. Training must be documented and renewed every five years;
- the labeling of these products, from February 2022, contains the statement: «From 24 August 2023 adequate training is required before industrial or professional use».
Also in section 2.2 of our Safety Data Sheets it is possible to check (with the same wording) if the products are subject to the Restriction.
To proceed with the obligatory training, Kemichal recommends the use of the material made available, in different languages, by the producers of aromatic and aliphatic diisocyanates ISOPA and ALIPA on the online platform: https://www.safeusediisocyanates.eu/
Based on your business and the potential exposure of your workers, you can choose the specific training webinar, which will end with a learning test.
At the same time, our Research & Development Laboratory is working on interesting alternatives that contain a percentage of free monomers compliant with the regulation.
For further details, please contact your sales representative.
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