By Eric Pylkas
Insight IH Consulting has numerous assessments that have included isocyanates sampling, including assisting with OSHA responses.
Health effects of isocyanate exposure include irritation of skin and mucous membranes, chest tightness, and difficult breathing. Isocyanates include compounds classified as potential human carcinogens and known to cause cancer in animals. The main effects of hazardous exposures are occupational asthma and other lung problems, as well as irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and skin.
Isocyanates can also sensitize employees through either inhalation or dermal exposures. This sensitization can subject employees to severe asthma attacks if exposed again. This is greatly concerning, as sensitization can force affected individuals to change work positions or even careers due to their exposure. Some types of isocyanates commonly encountered in industry include:
Isocyanates provide challenges to many employers. Some references of interest are shown below:
Inhalation Exposure to Isocyanates of Car Body Repair Shop Workers and Industrial Spray Painters
Skin Exposure to Isocyanates: Reasons for Concern
Potential Chemical Exposures From Spray Polyurethane Foam
Insight IH Consulting has extensive experience in industrial hygiene assessments for isocyanates. We are well versed in the use of the different methods, and can select a strategy that is best for your operations.
20 February 2019
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