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Summary

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.

Audience

You should use this Guide if you manage health and safety risks associated with the manufacture, storage, handling, generation and use of isocyanates in the workplace.

Related materials

This Guide should be read in conjunction with the following Safe Work Australia documents:

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