The safe production, use, transport and selling of diisocyanates and polyols have always been one of ISOPA and ALIPA’s core missions. ISOPA and ALIPA members as well as downstream users of diisocyanates at European and national levels are strongly committed to the safe use of diisocyanates and safety at the workplace.

For ISOPA and ALIPA, and the members of the PU Exchange Panel, behaviour at the workplace is key to ensuring the safe use of diisocyanates. For decades, the industry has therefore developed and promoted a number of product stewardship programmes.


Walk the Talk is a programme developed by the members of ISOPA with the aim of improving safety, health and environmental best practices across the European polyurethanes industry. The Walk the Talk programme focuses on the behavioural safety of industrial and professional users involved in the industry through an ongoing dialogue. The programme consists of detailed sets of training covering all the phases of the industrial process: processing, maintenance, warehousing and waste. From the arrival of chemicals to the discharge, which rely on potentially dangerous operations, ISOPA provides support to both users and logistics service providers. Two information packages are available: a Basic Safety Package and a package containing EU REACH & CLP information.

The safe transport of diisocyanates is essential for both people and manufacturers. All participants in the supply chain, manufacturers of MDI/ TDI,  transportation companies and receivers of the products play vital roles in ensuring that accidents are prevented. ISOPA is committed to the continuous improvement of best practices in the loading, transport, unloading and storage of diisocyanates and polyols. Our aim is to ensure maximum protection of health and safety and a consistent industry-wide approach. ISOPA has developed a series of guidelines that reflect the collective knowledge and best practice of the logistics personnel of the ISOPA member companies. They cover all aspects of the supply of chemicals.

ALIPA’s Safeguard programme consists of information packages with recommendations and measures regarding safe handling of aliphatic isocyanates. The programme focuses on the safe use of aliphatic diisocyanate monomers and on safe use of aliphatic polyisocyanates in spray applications.