According to Feica, the Association of the European Adhesive & Sealant Industry, on 4 August 2020 a new restriction on diisocyanates was adopted by the European authorities under REACH, targeting respiratory and dermal sensitisation potentially caused by diisocyanates. The new restriction requires training prior to use for diisocyanates.
The Feica Technical Working Group (TWG) PU Restriction created a leaflet titled “A safe future for polyurethane products” explaining more about the restriction. This leaflet is available in English, German, French, Polish, Italian, Spanish and Dutch:
- A safe future for polyurethane products (English)
- Eine sichere Zukunft für Polyurethan-Produkte (German)
- Un avenir sûr pour les produits en polyuréthane (French)
- Bezpieczna przyszłość produktów poliuretanowych (Polish)
- Un futuro all’insegna della sicurezza per I prodotti poliuretanici (Italian)
- Un futuro seguro para los productos de poliuretano (Spanish)
- Een veilige toekomst voor polyurethaanproducten (Dutch)
All professional and industrial users of products with a total monomeric diisocyanate concentration of >0.1 % will need to be trained and certified by 24 August 2023 in how to handle products containing diisocyanates safely.
Feica, in coordination with Isopa and Alipa, the diisocyanate manufacturers’ industry associations, is preparing online training material for use by its members and by adhesive or sealant users. Feica said it expects it to become available as of February 2022, early enough for all users of polyurethane products to be trained and certified by 24 August 2023. In addition, the legal requirements should appear on packaging as of 24 February 2022.
The leaflet can be downloaded free of charge at www.feica.eu/information-center/latest-news/a-safe-future-for-polyurethane-products