On 9 July 2015, Safe Work Australia published a guide to handling isocyanates. Isocyanates are hazardous chemicals used to manufacture polyurethane foams, rubbers, plastics, varnishes, adhesives and paints. Isocyanates should not be confused with cyanates, isocyanides or cyanides, which have different properties and health effects. This guide is applicable to those people managing health and safety risks associated with the manufacture, storage, handling, generation and use of isocyanates in the workplace. This Guide should be read in conjunction with the following Safe Work Australia documents:
- Workplace Exposure Standards for airborne contaminants
- Isocyanates – Hazardous Chemicals Requiring Health Monitoring
- Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals
- Code of Practice: Labelling of workplace hazardous chemicals
- Code of Practice: Spray painting and powder coating
A copy of the new guide is available at: Guide to handling isocyanates.
Safe Work Australia, 9 July 2015