All employees whose normal job activities could result in occupational exposure to isocyanates


Expected Duration
31 minutes

Isocyanates are valuable compounds that are widely used in industry in the production and application of rigid or flexible foam, surface coatings paints and solvents, insulation, adhesives, rubbers, and synthetic fibers. But exposure to isocyanates can be dangerous. Isocyanates can cause burns and irritation of the skin, eyes, nose and throat. Long-term exposure can result in occupational asthma and other respiratory illnesses. The International Agency for Research on Cancer has designated compounds containing isocyanates as carcinogenic to humans.
In this course, you’ll learn about the types, sources, and industrial applications of isocyanates. You’ll cover the regulatory controls that govern the use of isocyanates, and the hazards and routes of exposure associated with isocyanate exposure. You’ll also learn about the procedures required to monitor workers’ exposure and health when isocyanates are used in the workplace, and about practices and controls used to protect workers from exposure to isocyanates.


Isocyanates in the Workplace

  • identify sources of isocyanates
  • identify responsibilities for regulatory control of isocyanates
  • identify hazards of exposure associated with exposure to isocyanates
  • distinguish between routes of entry for isocyanate exposure
  • identify the types of information and training that must be provided to employees working with isocyanates
  • identify requirements for monitoring exposure to isocyanates in the workplace
  • match methods used to control exposure to isocyanates to examples





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