Isocyanates are chemicals used in a wide range of manufacturing and industrial applications, and now known to be damaging to personal health, causing serious respiratory illnesses and may lead to cancer. These toxic chemicals are commonly used in foams, insulating fibers, adhesives, and coatings such as paints and varnishes.
Though most widely used in the automobile and auto-body repair industry, Isocyanates are found in many work environments and incorporated into many unsuspecting materials including building insulation materials, spray-on polyurethane foam products, wood coatings, and protective coatings for truck beds, trailers, boats, and household decks.
Isocyanates are powerful irritants, affecting the eyes, gastrointestinal and respiratory tracts of those in direct contact with the toxins. Direct skin contact can also cause marked inflammation.
Isocyanates like methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (DMI) are found in polyurethane spray foam, paints, varnishes and other types of foam. They are a known cause of occupational asthma, chronic respiratory disease and related cancers. Death from severe asthma in some sensitize victims have been reported.
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Workplace Isocyanate Exposure
Recent studies indicate that thousands of American workers may be exposed to Isocyanate materials. The most common form of toxic exposure occurs around car body repair shops and industrial painting companies. Also, an estimated 10,000 U.S. workers are potentially exposed to the same chemicals during spray-on truck bed lining operations.
Other jobs that may involve exposure to isocyanates include painting, foam-blowing, and the manufacture of many toxic Polyurethane products, such as insulation materials, surface coatings, car seats, furniture, foam mattresses, under-carpet padding, laminated fabrics, polyurethane rubber, and adhesives.