Brussels – Key trade associations want groups working with ECHA on the evaluation of worker exposure limits to diisocyanates to remember the EU's Reach programme.
The European Diisocyanate and Polyol Producers Association (ISOPA) and the European Aliphatic Isocyanates Producers Association (ALIPA) issued a joint statement on 23 October. They said Reach regulations 'complement EU worker safety legislation, including the ongoing OEL process'.
They said that in 2017 the ECHA’s Risk Assessment Committee said '…the suggested restriction is the most appropriate EU wide measure to prevent new cases of respiratory sensitisation from exposure to diisocyanates by implementing harmonised training for the workforce'.
Both associations have worked with EU authorities since 2015 to develop the restriction proposals under Reach. They added that Reach 'would, in our view, complement EU worker safety legislation, including the ongoing OEL process'. The best way to control workplace risks is 'through mandatory training'.
On 23 October, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) said it was evaluating occupational exposure levels (OEL) for diisocyanates in the workplace.
Reach is the EU programme to evaluate, assess and if necessary, restrict or remove chemicals used commercially in the trading block. It is controlled by the ECHA.
The consultation can be found at this link. It closes at 23:59 Helsinki time (EET) on 16 December 2019.