Germany proposes EU restrictions to improve diisocyanate safety

New EU marketing and packaging restrictions should be applied to 19 chemicals used to make polyurethane-based products, German authorities have recommended

New EU marketing and packaging restrictions should be applied to 19 chemicals used to make polyurethane-based products, German authorities have recommended.

The European Chemicals Agency published the restriction proposal for diisocynates under the REACH regulation on 7 October.

All diisocyanates are strongly irritating to the eyes, skin and respiratory tract, and long-term exposure can reduce lung function. People with chronic respiratory illness are advised not to work with them, as exposure is linked to occupational asthma. The German proposal estimates that, of the 1.45 million EU workers exposed to the substances, between 2,900 and 10,150 contract the disease each year.

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