Working toward a safer future for polyurethane products

Working toward a safer future for polyurethane products

REACH compliance by Mobility & Materials

On 4 August 2020, a new restriction on diisocyanates was adopted by European authorities under REACH, establishing training requirements prior to the use of PU products containing more than 0.1% of monomeric diisocyanates. Training is required prior to use of these products to avoid respiratory and skin sensitization.

REACH is a regulation of the European Union and is intended to improve protection of human health and the environment from risks that can be posed by chemicals while enhancing the competitiveness of the EU chemicals industry.



By 24 August 2023, all users of PU products must be trained and certified in how to safely handle products containing diisocyanates.

  • Anybody working with products containing > 0.1% diisocyanate will need to be trained
  • Trained users can continue using the products
  • By 24 February 2022, these products must carry a statement on the label that clarifies the training requirement

Current activities and next steps

Our business has carefully aligned with REACH requirements. We currently offer a broad portfolio of PU products that meet current REACH requirements and we continue to develop new solutions. Customers can contact their representatives for specific product information. 

Training materials will be made available to all users of our PU products by February 2022 to enable training and certification to be complete by the 24 August 2023 deadline. 

We are committed to making certain that all of our products manufactured in or imported into the European Union area are fully compliant with the EU’s REACH legislation. We are working closely with our suppliers and customers to maintain compliance with the regulations. 


For our customers

  • You must maintain records of the certification to prove in case of an inspection that your staff has been trained. The training shall be renewed at least every five years.