Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/1149 was published with the aim of introducing a new restriction in Annex XVII of REACH Regulation for diisocyanates. In fact, an increase of professional diseases in Europe (about 5000 per year) caused by the exposure to diisocyanates made the new restriction necessary.
Here below the restriction deadlines:
- from 23 August 2023 diisocyanates shall not be used as constituents of substances or mixtures;
- from 24 February 2022 diisocyanates shall not be placed on the market as constituents of substances or mixtures. Moreover an additional labelling requirement (distinct from the rest of the label information) is set for packagings containing diisocyanates: “As from 24 August 2023 adequate training is required before industrial or professional use”.
Exemptions to the deadlines are laid down for all products containing less than 0,1% w/w of diisocyanates and for all industrial or professional users who attended specific training on the safe use of diisocyanates.
Training courses, ECHA and the European Commission have said, are the best way to keep under control the exposure to diisocyanates at workplace in order to prevent occupational diseases.
Official training courses must include specific topics as required by the paragraph 5 of the restriction (e.g. risk in relation to application process used, how sensitisation can develop, personal hygiene and information about correct use and its limitations, etc.) and must be compliant with each provision implemented by Member States in their national laws.