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The EU introduces mandatory training of diisocyanates workers from 24 August 2023 in new REACH Restriction

Referring to the website of ISOPA (European diisocyanate & polyol producers association), the restriction on diisocyanates under the EU’s REACH Regulation published 4th August 2020 in the EU Official Journal introduces new minimum training requirements for workers handling diisocyanates and mixtures containing diisocyanates. ISOPA/ALIPA and their member companies welcome the Restriction which is an important step to enhance and harmonize the level of protection of workers using diisocyanates across the EU. The Restriction will apply from 24 August 2023 after a transition period of three years, and ISOPA/ALIPA together with other industry-associations are developing a comprehensive package of training materials for the industrial and professional value chains.

The Industry agrees with ECHA’s assessment that the Restriction is the most effective and efficient measure to enhance occupational health and safety. Jörg Palmersheim, Secretary General for ISOPA/ALIPA, said: “The Restriction is the culmination of years of constructive cooperation between the diisocyanates value-chains and the European REACH Authorities. It raises the bar for how we can work together to enhance protection of workers and ensure the use of best practices across the EU in terms of health and safety. We now look forward to ensure the successful implementation of the Restriction together with the downstream users and Member States.”

The Restriction establishes requirements for the use and placing on the market of diisocyanates as substances on their own, as a constituent in other substances or in mixtures for industrial and professional use(s) in concentrations above 0,1% by weight. Specifically, the Restriction establishes:

Minimum requirements for training to be provided to industrial and professional users without prejudice to stricter national obligations in the Member States.

Requirements for diisocyanate suppliers to provide training materials in the official language(s) of the Member State(s) where they supply the substance(s) or mixture(s);

Obligation to include information on training requirements on the packaging by suppliers of diisocyanates;

Mandatory documentation by the employer or self-employed of the successful completion of the training which must be renewed at least every five years.

Obligation for Member States to report on progress and impact of the Restriction.

ISOPA/ALIPA and its members are committed to working with stakeholders and authorities to make available the training and courses across the EU in all Member State languages.

See also (in English):

Se også teksten i Den Europæiske Unions Tidende 4. august 2020 på dansk :