Everberg, Belgium -- Huntsman Polyurethanes and Nestaan Holland joined forces twice this year to train more than 40 polyurethanes insulation sprayers from Belgium and the Netherlands on the safe handling and usage of MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate).
The training sessions used by MDI supplier Huntsman and systems house Nestaan were based closely on the 'Walk the Talk' product stewardship programme for MDI users developed by the European Di-Isocyanate and Polyol Producers Association (ISOPA), which was first launched in 2006.
As well as essential information on MDI's chemical and physical properties and EHS (environment, health and safety) data, the training also covered safe and unsafe handling behaviours, recommended personal protective equipment/workplace measures and emergency procedures in case of spillage.
"The polyurethanes sprayers we supply handle and use our isocyanates and polyols every day at construction sites across the Benelux region and it is essential that they be fully aware that with proper precautions they can operate in complete safety," commented Kay Hennekens, managing director of Nestaan Holland, in a Huntsman statement.
For Huntsman itself, "We are pleased to assist Nestaan to take downstream to their customers a training module developed by our upstream polyurethane raw materials trade association," said Gwendolien Fonck, business manager Systems Houses for Huntsman's polyurethanes division. "With this multiplier effect we can ensure that accurate information on the safe handling and use of MDI travels effectively down to end markets," she added.
Dutch polyurethanes systems house Nestaan Holland is also a producer of rigid polyurethane and polyisocyanurate block foam. The company's main products include: formulated blends of raw materials for all types of appiications as well as two-component PU adhesives and PU and PIR (polyisocyanurate) block foam products.
PIC: Huntsman's Gwendolien Fonck