Dangers of Isocyanate use in 2K Acrylic/Polyurethane Paints and Coatings
What You Need To Know about the majority of paints and coatings used in Bathtub Refinishing!
For us, bathtub refinishing is serious business. We strive to use the highest performing materials using the safest chemistry to us and our customers. It has been called to our attention by some of our customers that other refinishing companies have downplayed the toxicity and hazards of the use of the isocyanate/ di-isocyanate hardners being used in their coatings and throughout the bathtub industry. Some of the largest bathtub refinishing franchises and the majority of local bathtub refinishing companies continue to use these products exclusively, bringing these hazardous substances into occupied residential homes and other properties. Most refinishers look at the risk and dismiss the warnings because this type of coating is what works for the properties desired (fast cure times) and per cost for them. We are very concerned and have determined that the public needs to be more aware of what chemicals are being sprayed into their environments with the typical tub and countertop refinishing products and see for their self how dangerous they are. Specifically 2K urethane types of paints and coatings.
For over 2 decades, 2 pack polyurethane paints have been the choice for bathtub refinishing companies for their high gloss, color stability and chemical resistance. In fact, Over 95% of coatings being used in bathtub refinishing today are using these coatings in residential homes, apartments and commercial properties with the general public unaware of the toxic exposure and inhalation hazards being introduced to them.
One of the the largest man made disasters in history by the " Bhopal Disaster Tragedy" where over 500,000 people were exposed and thousands were killed due to methyl isocyanate gas being released along with other chemicals. Just recently, a $90 billion suit against four of the biggest chemical companies. Largest isocyanate claim in history. Urethane coatings containing isocyanate chemicals should never be applied in occupied or residential environments due to the inhalation hazards of spray mist particles being released throughout the environment and the chemical off gassing they release during drying and curing. Here is the view of " The Center of Disease Control/ CDC" of isocyanate use: Exposure to isocyanates is irritating to the skin, mucous membranes, eyes, and respiratory tract. The most common adverse health outcome associated with isocyanate exposure is asthma due to sensitization, contact dermatitis (both irritant and allergic forms) and hypersensitivity pneumonitis. Contact dermatitis can result in symptoms such as rash, itching, hives, and swelling of the extremities. A worker suspected of having isocyanate-induced asthma/sensitization will exhibit the traditional symptoms of acute airway obstruction, e.g., coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, tightness in the chest, and nocturnal awakening. An isocyanate-exposed worker may first develop an asthmatic condition (i.e., become sensitized) after a single (acute) exposure. The asthmatic reaction may occur minutes after exposure (immediate), several hours after exposure (late), or a combination of both immediate and late components after exposure (dual).
The national asthma surveillance system in the United States ranks isocyanates among the top 10 causes for occupational asthma.
OSHA, EPA, CDC, American Medical Association, Safety and Health Assessment and Research for Prevention (SHARP) program are all aware of the hazards of these chemicals. This does not sound like a safe or good coating choice for use in Your Home or Properties to Us.
The dangers of using these paints from even low exposure amounts are well documented and have led to numerous reports of chemically induced asthma and even fatal incidents using these well known chemicals. The industry has known about the hazards since the fifties but, there is new evidence of the health risk exposure associated with the products to applicators, occupants and others exposed to these chemicals through spray application. One of the largest markets for these coatings come from the automotive finishing industry. They are required by OSHA and EPA to adhere to strict rules and guidelines for protection to their workers and air containment for the environment. Isocyanates, Di-isocyanates and their derivatives are well known for their overwhelming odors and fumes, skin and inhalation sensitizers and can cause Asthma, Respiratory/ Pulmonary Disease and in acute cases even Death.
You may ask, how can tub refinishing companies get access to and use these potentially lethal paints and coatings. Because the tub refinishing market is small, mobile and unregulated so, they fall under the radar of local, state and federal rules and guidelines. Of course there is no 100 %
safe high performance coating for these types of applications, there is however, less toxic alternatives to the isocyanate dangers. By utilizing new high performance coating technologies based on new platforms such as our PolyCeramic Resin Chemistry. Advanced Surface Treatments continues to keep up with the latest technological advancements in the coating industry. All of our products and processes do not contain, nor use isocyanate curing urethane/ epoxy chemistry in any of our coatings or surface treatments.
How can you as a customer tell or protect yourself against this hazard? Ask questions about the type of coating the refinisher's are using, tell them you will not accept isocyanate based coatings. Be diligent and smart, it's you and your family's health at risk.
Please take a moment to click thru a few of the links below and learn more about the known hazards of isocyanates and what is being done to educate the public and to bring awareness of the very real dangers. We continue to update new links periodically.
Isocyanate Exposure Demonstration Video!
Recent $90 Billion Suit Against Four of the Biggest Chemical Companies. The Biggest Isocyanate Claim in History!
Isocyanate Exposure in Bathtub Refinishing!
Isocyanates and Asthma!
Bathtub Refinisher's Lung: An Unusual Response to Toluene Diisocyanate!
Refinisher Exposed to Isocyanate based paint !
Gasping for Breath! - Asthma Inducing Diisocyanates enter our Homes and Schools!
OSHA announces new National Emphasis Program for Occupational Exposure to Isocyanates!
U.S. to Crack Down on Isocyanates !
Skin Exposure to Isocyanates: Reasons for Concern !
Preventing Asthma and Death from Diisocyanate Exposure DHHSWorkers exposed to Diisocyanates may develop Serious or Fatal Respiratory Disease !
Safety in isocyanate paint spraying !
Isocyanate at the Work Site !
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