ISOPA provides information and expert advice based on research and data about the health & safety profile of diisocyanates and polyols. Together with the International Isocyanates Institute (III) – of which all ISOPA companies are also members – ISOPA promotes product stewardship of polyurethane raw materials toluene diisocyanates (TDI) & methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI).
The III has carried out research for over 40 years. During this time it has conducted more than 200 studies on TDI & MDI and their precursors, published over 70 peer-reviewed papers in the fields of health & toxicology, epidemiology, risk assessment, combustibility, medical guidelines for TDI & MDI and related analysis. For more information on III and some related work, please click here.
ISOPA continues to commit significant resources to the education of customers, producers and others in the supply chain to promote responsible practices associated with its products.
Classification & Labelling
To guarantee minimum risk of accidents to health or the environment, ISOPA produces safety information sheets. They are available in the Documentation section of the website.
For more detailed information please contact your supplier and ask for the supplier’s Safety Data Sheet.
The Global Product Strategy (GPS)
The Global Product Strategy (GPS), an initiative developed by the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) and launched in 2006, builds on the product stewardship elements of industry’s voluntary Responsible Care initiative. GPS is the chemical industry’s contribution to the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM). The overall objective of this policy framework, initiated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), is that by 2020, chemicals are produced and used in ways that minimize significant adverse impacts on human health and the environment.
GPS aims to improve the safe management of chemicals, harmonize approaches between developing, emerging and industrialized regions, and strengthen public confidence that our products are handled safely at all stages of the life cycle.
The chemical management activities under GPS are driven by the REACH legislation.
The GPS for TDI and MDI are available in the Documentation section of this website.