Guide to handling isocyanates


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Use this guide to manage the risks of isocyanates at your workplace. 

Isocyanates are hazardous chemicals used in manufacturing materials, like: 

  • polyurethane foams 
  • rubbers 
  • plastics 
  • varnishes 
  • adhesives 
  • paints. 

Isocyanates in the workplace can create serious risks to workers’ health and safety. Workers exposed to isocyanates can develop a range of short- and long-term health problems.  

This guide has information on how to minimise exposure and protect workers from isocyanates during the manufacture, storage, handling, generation and use of these chemicals. 

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Safety by industry and business
Hazardous chemicals
Health monitoring
Identify, assess and control hazards
Workplace exposure standards for chemicals