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Keeping your end users and your employees safe is a primary concern. Read on to learn more about working with our products.

Q&A from the Experts

  • What defines a polyurethane?

    Polyurethane is any polymer—a large molecule of repeating structural units—composed of a chain of organic units, joined by urethane links. It includes natural and synthetic materials with a variety of properties. Polyurethanes are the most versatile of all the polymers and can be made liquid, rigid, pliable and stretchable, and can be spread, sprayed or molded.

  • Are there health and safety precautions to take when working with polyurethanes?

    Engineering controls and sound workplace practices are often the first line of defense against diisocyanate exposures, and guidelines have been established to help individuals avoid overexposure and adverse health effects. For example, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has a Respiratory Protection Program Standard (29 CFR §1910.134) to address respiratory hazards. It is important that employees wear any personal protective equipment (PPE) recommended for their specific job functions. With proper precaution and the use of engineering controls and PPE, a worker can protect himself or herself from overexposure to diisocyanates. You can learn more about  health and safety standards and regulations at the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry. 

  • What is the Responsible Care initiative?

    The chemical industry is committed to the safe, responsible and sustainable management of chemicals through their entire life cycle, and for their intended end use. Responsible Care is the chemical industry’s world-class performance initiative. Its companies are industry leaders, bound together by a commitment to address challenges and continuously improve the performance of the chemical industry.  You can learn more about Responsible Care at the American Chemistry Council.

  • What blowing agents are used in BASF appliance insulations?

    By March 1, 2008, provisions of the Clean Air Act mandate the elimination of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) as blowing agents for most rigid polyurethane foam applications. Always ahead of the curve and conscious of its environmental responsibilities, BASF developed HFC and Hydrocarbon technology during the '90s to create more environmentally friendly formulations. We also understood the important legacy of this technology and continued to improve the performance and scope of blowing agent choices.

  • How does the use of polyurethane impact the manufacturing process?

    Polyurethane is uniquely versatile, able to be molded into any size or shape and to any level of softness or firmness demanded. The foams are light, durable and retain their shape despite heavy use.

  • What coating would you recommend for industrial storage applications?

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