A new restriction on diisocyanates was adopted on 4 August 2020, 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.

It requires adhesives and sealants manufacturers to:

  • provide end users with information about the training on the safe use of diisocyanates
  • ensure, from 24 February 2022, that all PU products for which safety training is required bear the following statement on their label: ‚As of 24 August 2023, adequate training is required before industrial or professional use of this product.

The Association of the European Adhesive & Sealant Industry – Feica’s PU Restriction Technical Working Group (TWG) created two leaflets to explain more about the restriction.

  • “A safe future for polyurethane products”
  • “Diisocyanates restriction compliance for end-users of adhesives and sealants”

Both leaflets have recently been updated and are available in eight languages. More information, as well as all of the leaflets, are available via www.feica.eu/our-projects/safe-use-diisocyanates.

The PU training platform

Feica, in coordination with the European Diisocyanate & Polyol Producers Association (Isopa), the European Aliphatic Isocyanates Producer Association (Alipa), and several other industries in the polyurethane industry, launched a comprehensive training programme to ensure the safe use of diisocyanates for producers and professional users all over Europe. In this way, Feica also ensures that all end-users of PU containing adhesives and sealants across Europe continue to handle diisocyanates safely.

The PU Training Platform can be accessed via www.safeusediisocyanates.eu and is accessible across the EU. To facilitate adhesive and sealant companies to comply with the information provision requirement, a dedicated, Feica information webpage ‚www.feica.eu/PUinfo‘ was created. A link to this webpage (or QR code) can be added to adhesives and sealants labels to direct to the training platform.

Feica webinar on 7 October 2022

A webinar, co-organised by Feica, CEPE (The European Council of the Paint, Printing Ink and Artist’s Colours Industry) and EFCC (the European Federation for Construction Chemicals), will explain why training on the safe use of diisocyanate-based products is mandatory, and how you can access the training. It provides all you need to know about the PU Training Platform functionalities and training modules and requirements.

www.feica.eu

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