Brussels, 25 April 2022 - ISOPA/ALIPA today announced that they had entered into agreement with the Kuenzelsau-/Cologne-based Berner Group for a partnership on the digital training platform www.safeusediisocyanates.eu.

The training platform is an industry initiative led by ISOPA/ALIPA in response to the new REACH Restriction which will come into force on 24 August 2023 in the European Union. After this date, all industrial and professional users of diisocyanates will need to demonstrate that they have successfully completed a training.

The Berner Group, one of Europe's leading B2B wholesale companies, is committed to take the necessary steps to provide a professional training and to promote the highest standards on industrial safety. Under the terms of the agreement, the Berner Group is now an official partner of the digital platform and can refer to the initiative with their customers and authorities to show their efforts to promote the safe use of diisocyanates.

Jan Christoffers, Director Group Quality Management of BERNER, reacted: “We are very pleased to take part in this flagship project. We want to make clear that ensuring the highest level of protection for our customers is our priority. The training material developed by ISOPA/ALIPA covers all our customers’ applications and will be available in all EU languages.

According to Jörg Palmersheim, Secretary General of ISOPA/ALIPA, “this partnership shows the tremendous efforts of the industry to comply with the new regulation. From the creation of the training material by world-leading experts to its targeted dissemination via an innovative digital platform, we can see a strong commitment from all players in the value-chain.”

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ISOPA represents major European manufacturers of aromatic diisocyanates and polyols, the main raw materials used to make polyurethanes. More information on diisocyanates, their applications and ISOPA’s product stewardship initiatives can be found on the ISOPA website

ALIPA was created by the major European producers of aliphatic isocyanates and polyisocyanates – key components for high quality coatings, adhesives and elastomers – in order to encourage the safe and proper use of these materials. You can find more information about ALIPA’s objectives and initiatives on the ALIPA website.

The Berner Group is a family-run European commercial enterprise. Our vision is: “We keep the world together and moving.” This means we are the central B2B trading partner for all materials in the maintenance, repair, and production segments for our customers in the building, mobility, and industry sectors. With more than four channels we create an integrated omni-channel purchasing experience for our customers. In the steel and C materials as well as chemicals segments we are also an innovative manufacturer. We are represented in over 23 countries for our customers with more than 200,000 items and 8,200 employees. Berner Group website.

After launching the training platform in English and German in 2021, ISOPA and ALIPA are working to make trainings available in all the official EU languages in 2022 to ensure safe use of diisocyanates across Europe.

Here is an indicative timeline on when the training platform will be available in your language:

 

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As from 24 February 2022 a new regulation on the labelling of diisocyanates comes into force as part of the adopted Regulation (EU) 2020/1149, published in the Official Journal of the EU no L 252 of 4 August 2020, p. 24, thereby introducing a restriction to ensure the control of the dermal and inhalation exposure of industrial and professional users to diisocyanates at the workplace.

It will be required that a statement on the packaging of diisocyanates mentions that a mandatory training will be required for all industrial and professional users of the substance as from 24 August 2023.

The following statement must be placed in a manner that is visibly distinct from the rest of the label information: "As from 24 August 2023 adequate training is required before industrial or professional use." 

Together with industry partners, ISOPA and ALIPA have developed a training platform where users of diisocyanates can get trained and be compliant with the new regulation. On this platform, industrial and professional users can either follow a self-eLearning training (5€/trainee) or can register to sessions with an accredited trainer.

Detailed information can be found on the website: safeusediisocyanates.eu.

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The ISOPA/ALIPA trainings for professional and industrial users of diisocyanates are now available in German.

You can access the trainings in German by clicking here.

After launching their training programme in English on 1st November 2021, ISOPA and ALIPA are working to make trainings available in all the official EU languages as soon as possible to ensure safe use of diisocyanates across Europe. Both the German and the English version are accessible in the entire EU.

To ensure that you are updated on the availability of trainings in your language sign-up for future updates to receive the latest information.

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New training requirements are becoming mandatory for professional and industrial users under the EU’s REACH Regulation on 24 August 2023.

ISOPA and ALIPA with industry partners are currently rolling out a comprehensive training programme to help stakeholders implement the EU’s REACH requirements and ensure safe use of diisocyanates for producers and professional users all over Europe.

Click to read more about the training requirements.

Online trainings for diisocyanates users are now live and available in English in the entire EU.

You can access the trainings by clicking here.

This is the first milestone in the roll-out of the training programme developed by ISOPA and ALIPA together with industry partners to ensure safe use of diisocyanates across Europe.

Trainings will be made available in German from 1st December 2021 and quite soon in all the remaining EU languages.

To ensure that you are updated on the availability of trainings in your language sign-up for future updates to receive the latest information.

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New training requirements are becoming mandatory for professional and industrial users under the EU’s REACH Regulation on 24 August 2023.

ISOPA and ALIPA with industry partners are currently rolling out a comprehensive training programme to help stakeholders implement the EU’s REACH requirements and ensure safe use of diisocyanates for producers and professional users all over Europe.

Click to read more about the training requirements.

The roll-out of the training programme for industrial and professional users of diisocyanates developed by ISOPA/ALIPA and our industry partners is taking off.

The online training platform will be made available in English on 1st November 2021 and in German on 1st December 2021 which will be accessible in the entire EU.

The aim is to make trainings available in all remaining EU languages as soon as possible.

To ensure that you are updated on the availability of trainings in your language sign-up for future updates with the latest information.

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ISOPA and ALIPA with industry partners are currently developing a comprehensive training programme to help stakeholders to implement the EU’s REACH requirements and ensure safe use of diisocyanates across Europe.

The training requirement under REACH enters into force on 24 August 2023 at which point the training must be completed by industrial and professional users of diisocyanates.

Click to read more about the training requirements.

ISOPA and ALIPA are working to launch a comprehensive package of training materials to ensure workers across Europe continue to handle diisocyanates safely. Jörg Palmersheim, Secretary-General of ISOPA and ALIPA, provides an update in the video below on the status of the roll-out of the trainings. To stay up to date on future developments, ISOPA/ALIPA encourages stakeholders to sign-up for news on the availability of trainings and other relevant developments.

Obligatory training for diisocyanates users

To ensure that workers across the EU can continue to handle diisocyanates safely, new training requirements will become mandatory for professional and industrial users under the EU’s REACH Regulation from 24 August 2023.

The user of diisocyanates - either the employer of the user or the self-employed person - must complete and document the completion of the training. If users do not comply with these mandatory trainings, they will no longer be allowed to work with diisocyanates.

That’s why ISOPA and ALIPA with our industry partners are organizing a comprehensive training programme to ensure the safe use of diisocyanates for producers and professional users all over Europe.

Further information about the training requirements is available on safeusediisocyanates.eu 

Training is becoming mandatory for industrial and professional users of diisocyanates in the EU from 24 August 2023. ISOPA and ALIPA are developing a comprehensive training programme. 

 

To stay up to date on future developments, ISOPA/ALIPA encourages stakeholders to sign-up for news on the availability of trainings and other relevant developments.

Jörg Palmersheim, Secretary-General of ISOPA and ALIPA, will speak about the training requirements for those working with diisocyanates from 24 August 2023 at the 5th REACH Congress organized by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA). The Congress takes place virtually on April 21 and April 22, 2021, and it constitutes a valuable forum for debates on important REACH topics.

This year’s event will consider the impacts of the REACH Regulation on occupational safety. ISOPA will share the experiences of the diisocyanates industry concerning the mandatory training requirements put in place under REACH at a panel discussion on the standard operating procedures to train workers.

ISOPA and ALIPA together with industry partners are working to launch a comprehensive set of training materials for users of diisocyanates to ensure safety in the workplace. The training requirement under REACH enters into force on 24 August 2023 at which point the training must be completed by industrial and professional users of diisocyanates.

Further information about the training requirements is available on safeusediisocyanates.eu and stakeholders can also sign-up for future updates with the latest information.

ISOPA/ALIPA released an updated version of the e-book guide to the mandatory training under the REACH Restriction applying to diisocyanates.

The updated e-book contains a new timeline for the roll-out of the training materials to the affected users of diisocyanates across Europe.

If you want to stay up to date on the training requirements, sign-up for future updates.

ISOPA/ALIPA were delighted to meet with stakeholders at our November 5th 2020 webinar on the status of industry efforts to respond to the Restriction on Diisocyanates.  

ISOPA/ALIPA Secretary General Jörg Palmersheim gave an overview of the new regulation under REACH on Diisocyanates published in August 2020 which introduced new minimum training requirements for workers handling Diisocyanates and mixtures containing Diisocyanates. We heard about how risk and exposure impact what level of training is necessary, along with the wider scope of the restriction. We look forward to working with everyone involved over the coming years to ensure the implementation of the training becomes a success.

This was followed by a lively Q&A session where we discussed training obligations and levels, interplay with national authorities and the future of < 0,1% monomer HDI products. ISOPA/ALIPA would like to thank everyone who could attend.

If you missed this one, you can find the recording here.

For further information, click here for an updated guide to the REACH process applying to Diisocyanates.

On 4 August, the European Union published the REACH Restriction on diisocyanates which will introduce mandatory training requirements for workers using diisocyanates from 24 August 2023.

To help stakeholders understand the next steps, ISOPA and ALIPA are now publishing an updated version of their e-book on the Restriction aiming to provide a brief introduction and answer some of the main questions that actors along the polyurethanes value chain may have.

The e-book is available for download here.  

In addition to the introduction provided by the e-book, ISOPA/ALIPA are committed to provide more information and answer questions from stakeholders moving forward.

If you are not currently receiving updates from ISOPA/ALIPA, you can sign-up for future updates via this form.

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In December 2018, ECHA (the European Chemicals Agency) published the conclusion for the substance evaluation on 4,4’ methylenediphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) by Estonia, the evaluating Member State.

Read press release here

Download ECHA's Report here

The December issue of the European Coatings Journal features an article by Jörg Palmersheim about the proposed diisocyanates REACH restriction process currently under discussion in the European institutions.

Download article here

Source: European Coatings Journal, issue 12/2018 www.european-coatings.com

In the framework of the regulatory process, industry is planning to carry out a cohort study to be able to evaluate the success of the proposed restriction. Enclosed is a flyer (in German only) explaining the process and inviting companies to take part. Should you be interested in knowing more about this please contact the ISOPA-ALIPA office. 

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On September 25th 2018, ISOPA and ALIPA together with Urethane Technology International conducted their 2nd international Webinar to inform industry and other stakeholders about the proposed restriction by ECHA on diisocyanates.

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On 18 May 2018, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) published the consolidated opinion of the Risk Assessment Committee (RAC) and Socio-Economic Assessment Committee (SEAC) on the restriction of diisocyanates. This is an important step in the legislative developments towards the final proposal of the European Commission.

ISOPA and ALIPA, representing diisocyanates producers, are pleased to see this process move forward and call upon the European Commission to continue to support the work that has been carried out jointly by industry and regulators thus far.

More info here