On June 25, 2013 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a division of the US Department of Labor, initiated a National Emphasis Program to protect workers from serious health effects from occupational exposure to isocyanates. Isocyanates are found in polyurethane based products. According to OSHA, "Workers exposed to isocyanates can suffer debilitating health problems for months or even years after exposure which could result in death."The US EPA is looking to control and potentially outright ban isocyanates http://www.epa.gov/oppt/existingchemicals/pubs/actionplans/mdi.pdf
Hybrid Coating Technologies- (HCT) is a San Francisco-based innovator focused on improving the quality and safety of coatings and paint for industrial and commercial customers around the world. We are the exclusive licensee of Green Polyurethane™ coatings and paint – the world’s first-ever patent protected polyurethane-based coatings and paint products which eliminate toxic isocyanates from the entire production process .
Since conventional polyurethanes contain isocyanates, very strict health and
safety measures related to their use must be taken. In addition, special
measures for the preparation of fillers for paints and coatings must be taken
since isocyanates are very sensitive to moisture. Both of these issues lead
to a highly regulated and costly working environment. On the other hand, it
is not necessary to address any of these issues with Green Polyurethane™
since no isocyanates are used at any stage of the production or application
process – making it hundreds of times less toxic than conventional PU.
Governmental health agencies and workers unions are beginning to actively
speak out and regulate against the dangers of isocyanates in the workplace.