Brussels – Using diisocyanates will be formally restricted in the EU on 24 August 2023, but the qualifications required to use them could be straightforward, according to ISOPA.
Jorg Palmersheim, ISOPA's director general, said that his association is examining ways of offering the industry three routes that would enable people to handle the chemicals safely.
ISOPA is considering e-learning, a web-based option with a virtual trainer, or a face-to-face class option. 'We think that it is important we launch this as soon as possible,' he said.
A launch is planned by the end of 2020 in selected European countries. He did not specify which, but the initial training languages will be English and German. It will eventually be available across the EU, he added.
'General management as well as people on the shop-floor should take part in the training as part of their commitment to health and safety at work,' he said.
There will be a fee to carry out training but Palmersheim stressed this should not be a burden on the industry.
He also suggested that e-learning could take 40 minutes as a reasonable span of time once every five years. ISOPA has a publication designed to help companies navigate the regulations.
Palmersheim added that the association is communicating with member states, and various stake holders to make sure they understand the industry is working on this.
The regulation will apply to companies handling unreacted diisocyanates. ECHA, the European chemicals agency, said it was introducing the restriction to prevent more than 3000 new cases of occupational asthma per year in the EU.