Diisocyanates are an essential component in the production of polyurethanes, which are included in Rhino Linings™ Corp. products. The durability, corrosion and weather resistance are a major advantage of polyurethanes and are particularly necessary for coating a wide variety of surfaces. The component diisocyanate, which is classified as a hazardous substance, can only be released through the raw material and can lead to contact situations during the processing of polyurethane. The cured end product – the polyurethane coating – is free of risks and can even be used in food transport or in the animal sector.

Despite their useful properties, diisocyanates harbour risks. If handled improperly, they can be harmful to health. They increase the risk of respiratory diseases and allergic reactions such as dermatitis. Long-term exposure can also cause contact dermatitis and asthma and they are classified as suspected carcinogens.

REACH is the European Regulation on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals). It came into force in 2007 and is regarded as the new legal framework for chemicals in the EU. Homepage – ECHA (europa.eu)

On 4 August 2020, a REACH restriction for diisocyanates was published. The REACH Committee (which was established under REACH and consists of representatives of the Member States and the EU Commission) voted in favour of the European Commission’s proposal for a restriction. It will apply from 24 August 2023 after a transitional period of 3 years.

Our employees who come into contact with diisocyanates are specially trained and our working conditions have been adapted to the risks. If necessary, we take further measures to ensure the safety of our employees.

We avoid health and environmental risks from diisocyanates
We fulfil the legal requirements of the EU for handling diisocyanates
We use appropriate personal protective equipment and work procedures to minimise contact situations with diisocyanates.

If you have any questions about this topic, please do not hesitate to contact us!