New restrictions under REACH
On 3 August 2020, the European Commission reinforced the restrictions under REACH to limit the use of polyurethane adhesives and sealants that contain more than 0.1% free monomeric diisocyanate. The restriction means that as of 24 February 2022, producers of adhesives and sealants must indicate that the product contains more than 0.1% diisocyanates on the product’s label. In addition, effective from 24 August 2023, professional and industrial employees must successfully complete a training course on the safe use of diisocyanates every five years. This course must deal with various topics, including risks and the associated risk mitigation and safety measures.