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Safe Handling of Polyisocyanates in Spray Application July 2011 version.

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1 Safe Handling of Polyisocyanates in Spray Application July 2011 version

2 2 We Take Responsibility for Health, Safety and the Environment ALIPA = The European ALiphatic Isocyanates Producers Association Comprises leading European manufacturers of aliphatic isocyanates and polyisocyanates

3 3 Aliphatic Polyisocyanates Aliphatic polyisocyanates play a dominant role as hardeners for 2-pack coatings. The resulting aliphatic PUR (polyurethanes) coatings are characterized by high quality, excellent durability combined with a very good drying performance. The main benefits given by aliphatic polyurethane coatings are: Therefore, aliphatic polyurethane coatings are used to answer to the highest requirements in terms of chemical and technical performance.  UV and weathering resistance: exceptional gloss retention and non-yellowing, even after a very long exposure time  Excellent balance between hardness and flexibility:  Outstanding chemical resistance

4 4 Where Are 2-Pack PUR Coatings Used? Due to their outstanding properties they are dominant in high-end applications: Automotive coatings (OEM) and car repair. Transportation such as aerospace, railway equipment, trucks and buses. Agricultural, construction and earth moving machinery. Plastic coatings: bumpers etc. Wood Coatings Anticorrosive or marine paints

5 5 Most Important Aliphatic Polyisocyanates Idealized Structures Aliphatic polyisocyanates are dominantly based on HDI (hexamethylene diisocyanate) or IPDI (isophorone diisocyanate). Biuret Isocyanurate Uretdione Allophanate

6 6 Polyisocyanate Classification & Labelling * Classification of all polyisocyanates May cause sensitisation by skin contact Labelling of all polyisocyanates (on the package) Symbol: Xi Risk phrases: R 43 Specific polyisocyanates may bear additional classification and labelling due to irritating properties and/or harmful effect to the environment. Labelling of supplied hardeners may be different because of solvents and residual monomers * European Legislation according to Regulation 67/548/EEC

7 7 Polyisocyanate Classification & Labelling * Labelling of supplied hardeners may be different because of solvents and residual monomers * European Legislation according to Regulation (CE) No. 1272/2008 (CLP) Classification of all polyisocyanates May cause an allergic skin reaction. Labelling of all polyisocyanates (on the package) Signal word : Warning Hazard statement : H 317 Specific polyisocyanates may bear additional classification and labelling due to irritating properties and/or harmful effect to the environment

8 8 Aliphatic Polyisocyanates Polyisocyanates - shouldn‘t they be safe? Reactive isocyanate group content is much lower than in diisocyanates. Significantly reduced volatility due to low vapor pressure. But what about monomer content? applications at higher temperature or on hot surfaces? spray applications?

9 9 Spray Applications Spraying leads to aerosols of different particle sizes The smaller the particle size The deeper the penetration into the respiratory tracked The less visible the particles The longer the settling times The higher the risk

10 10 Spray Applications Particle size distribution of spray aerosols depends on : Formulation of coating Method of spray application Conventional high pressure High Volume Low Pressure (HVLP) Airmix Airless For a given formulation the small size fraction rises

11 11 Exposure on Spray Applications Main sources leading to possible exposure are: Overspray Rebounding material The amount of overspray and rebounding material depends on: Efficiency of coating application Airless ~ 95% Airmix, HVLP ~ 75% Conventional ~ 65% Shape and material of article to be coated

12 12 Spray Application - Can It Be Safe? Yes, if appropriate safety protection measures have been taken. But, spray application without any precautions is always unsafe. Yet, the degree of the hazard is widespread.  Protection provisions need to be adapted to the application conditions

13 13 What to Do? Remember, preventing exposure is the best way to protect your health. Don’t take any risks. In doubt always take the more stringent measures. Preventing measures: 1)Use engineering controls 2)Change work practices to reduce exposure 3)Use personal protective equipment

14 14 Engineering Controls Optimize paint transfer rates by using efficient application techniques Install local ventilation hoods Use spray booths to apply coatings Erect enclosures around work processes

15 15 Engineering Controls Advantage of engineering controls: Need only be installed once No physical burden on workers But: Initial investment is required Proper operation and maintenance is mandatory

16 16 Engineering Controls Local ventilation systems or spray booths must be properly designed Exhausts are vented to the outside, away from air intakes for the work area The ventilation system does not vent back into the work area Spray booths have a minimum air flow of about 0.3 m/s past the painter The system or booth provides sufficient make-up air

17 17 Airflow Pattern in a Spray Room/Spray Booth The content of this transparency is based on material of the British HSE Motor Vehicle Repair Bodyshop Safety Health and Awareness Day, 2006. This is how air actually flows Side Door This is what many people think Spray room Side Door Downdraft Spray booth

18 18 Clearance Times of Spray Room / Spray Booth Often it takes 10+ minutes, and maybe over 20 minutes to clear the room Spray fills the room rapidly, propelled by the spray gun air jet and air movement Clearing of a booth can take up to 5 minutes A fine mist, invisible in normal lighting, envelopes the sprayer The content of this transparency is based on material of the British HSE Motor Vehicle Repair Bodyshop Safety Health and Awareness Day, 2006.

19 19 Good Working Practice for Spraying Never spray any paint systems in the open workshop Uncontrolled paint spray mist will spread through a workplace Spraying creates a high-velocity air jet that rapidly fills a booth/room with mist Fine paint spray spreads, propelled by the spray gun air jet and air movement, and may envelope also the sprayer Fine paint spray is not visible under normal lighting Booths and rooms take time to clear of fine paint spray Find out, or work out, the clearance time of your specific booth/spray room Do not remove respiratory protection/lift visor before booth/room has cleared The content of this transparency is based on material of the British HSE Motor Vehicle Repair Bodyshop Safety Health and Awareness Day, 2006. 19

20 20 Good Working Practice for Spraying Check your spray booth/room regularly and keep it maintained, e. g. Check negative pressure - any air leakage should be inwards Check and replace filters (input and output) for a balance in air exchange Check for leakage with smoke generator Check and clean fans, particularly extracts Check and maintain door seals Develop ways of leaving, and entering, the ventilated spray booth/room safely The content of this transparency is based on material of the British HSE Motor Vehicle Repair Bodyshop Safety Health and Awareness Day, 2006.

21 21 Good Working Practices (General) Educate workers about the hazards associated with isocyanates. Use good hygiene practices Ensure that engineering controls and other equipment used to reduce exposure are used properly Ensure that unprotected workers are not in an area where products containing isocyanates are mixed or sprayed Ensure that spills are cleaned up quickly and properly and that appropriate protective equipment and clothing is used when spills are cleaned up

22 22 Personal Protective Equipment Protective clothing (general requirements on handling isocyanates) Appropriate solvent-resistant gloves (see supplier’s Safety Data Sheet) Suitable disposable overall that protects the arms and legs Disposable airtight goggles or full-face respirator masks to protect the eyes

23 23 Personal Protective Equipment Respiratory protective equipment Air-supplying respirators Air-purifying respirators Properly operating air-supplying respirators provide the most effective type of respiratory protection. Only air-purifying respirators with cartridges approved for organic vapors and mists should be used. It is important to note that wearers are unlikely to know when a cartridge needs changing. Change out schedule based on a qualified calculation should be in place.

24 24 Which Respiratory Protective Equipment to Use? How to Decide? Measurements at the workplace give the best indications on the level of exposures and the effectiveness of protection measures. If measurements are not possible, use suitable assessment tools to evaluate the possible exposure and the effectiveness of risk reduction measures. In absence of officially binding OEL (Occupational Exposure Limit) values use commonly recommended workplace limits of polymeric isocyanates (see e.g. www.alipa.org or the Safety Data Sheet of your supplier).www.alipa.org Be aware of exposure times and exposure peaks in evaluating your preventing measures. DON’T TAKE ANY RISKS

25 25 General Considerations Spray application means not only spraying, but also handling of the material, charging of the spraying equipment, rinsing of the spray guns and cleaning of the equipment. Make sure that these activities are always done with the precautions and protections necessary for handling isocyanates (protective clothing and if needed respiratory equipment). Don’t forget additional hazards associated with other paint components like solvents, resins or additives.

26 26 Conclusion Spray application of aliphatic polyisocyanates is safe if appropriate measures are in place. By the combination of engineering controls, work practices and personal protection equipments adapted to the application conditions a risk to human health can be excluded.

27 27 Use of Aliphatic Polyisocyanates in Home Worker Applications ? The reactive nature of aliphatic polyisocyanates requires certain precautions and controlled conditions in handling and during application, especially in spray applications. To ensure the safe use appropriate information, training and observance of necessary safety measures is of high importance. This can only be achieved in industrial and professional use. It can not be guaranteed in the home worker sector. Therefore ALIPA strongly recommends against the use of aliphatic polyisocyanates in this area. Annex Important information!

28 28 Disclaimer These product stewardship initiatives of ALIPA and its members do not exempt customers, producers and others in the supply chain from their occupational health, safety and environment duties and regulatory obligations. With respect to this, ALIPA and its associated members disclaim any liability in connection with the use of services rendered and of the related information provided. It is the responsibility of the user to verify the accuracy of the services and the related information which can be used by the user at his own risk.


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