He used the FSK event as the EU-wide launch of a questionnaire to gain information on working practices across the industry. National polyurethane trade associations will deliver the electronic forms to their members over the next few weeks.
'There may be a storm coming if the commission decides on this, perhaps by the end of 2020,' he told delegates. 'There is a move to consider very, very low levels; below Germany's 5 ppm,' he added.
'If the level is too low it could mean some applications cannot be used in future,' Palmersheim said. He pointed to spray foam as a potential casualty. Other sectors could be forced to build special enclosures for diisocyanate processing.
'We are working to avoid this, but it could be difficult,' he said.
Assuring delegates that the information would be made anonymous, he said ISOPA would like the forms returned by the end of 2019. This will give it time to analyse the current working situation in the industry and respond in the next stage of the evaluation process.