Diisocyanates: restriction of diisocyanates
A very topical issue is the restriction of diisocyanates. The basis of the restriction is the proven allergenic effect of these substances via skin contact (dermatitis) and inhalation (asthma).
The restriction (Regulation (EU) 2020/1149) sets requirements for the use and placing on the market of diisocyanates as substances on their own, as constituents of other substances or in mixtures for industrial and professional uses in concentrations higher than 0.1% by weight.
Specifically, the restriction stipulates the following:
After 24 August 2023, diisocyanates may only be manufactured, distributed and used if the required employee training has been provided and documented. The training of employees must be repeated every 5 years.
In addition, from 24 February 2022, all affected products would have to be labelled and equipped with the notice “From 24 August 2023, appropriate training is required before industrial or professional use”. You will find this notice on our safety data sheets since the deadline.
So how do you know if you need training and what training you need?
You only need training if you manufacture, distribute or use diisocyanates. You will know whether products you purchase from us are affected by this if the above-mentioned notice appears on the safety data sheets. Therefore, please pay special attention to the safety data sheets that are sent to you as part of the automatic dispatch.
There are three defined training levels that cover a wide range of topics, such as level I “chemical properties of diisocyanates, occupational exposure limits” or level II “handling of open mixtures at room temperature” or level III “spraying outside a spray booth”. Among other things, the manufacturers’ association ISOPA/ALIPA has created an online training portal where you can find the right training for your specific applications and also select and book it right away. There you can also choose whether you want to book e-learning, face-to-face courses or hybrid courses for your employees. The following link will take you directly to the training portal:
Safe use of Diisocyanates – Startseite (safeusediisocyanates.eu)
The Fachverband Schaumkunststoffe und Polyurethane e.V. (FSK) has also created a possibility to inform yourself about the topic of restrictions of diisocyanates and the resulting training courses via the following link. At the FSK it is also possible to select and book the necessary training courses.
Home | FSK Training (fsk-training.de)
If you purchase products from us that contain diisocyanates, it is necessary to plan this training independently for all employees who have contact with the material by the deadline of 24 August 2023. Please note that the responsibility for this has been placed in your hands by the legislator.
If you have any questions on this topic, please contact us.