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ECOSPECIFIER ISSUES OF CONCERN / RED LIGHTS


Issues of Concern

Solasteel Top Coat

Coating contains a small percentage of 2-Octyl-2H-isothiazol-3-one (0.12%). It can be irritating to eyes and may cause sensitisation by skin contact. Ways to mitigate these upon exposure at an occupational level include the use of personal protective equipment, such as complete face protection and rubber gloves with long overalls. While this substance is classified as very toxic to the aquatic environment, given it is bound in the acrylic topcoat- this is unlikely to be of any consequence.

Solasteel Coil Primer

Coating contains a small percentage of 4.16% of Butyl Icinol. Short term exposure by inhalation, skin contact or ingestion is considered to be harmful. Inhalation of high concentrations (more than 300-600 ppm) can produce central nervous system depression. Workers exposed to the substance at an occupational level should ensure there as adequate ventilation and the use of personal protective equipment such as safety boots, safety glasses and gloves. Given it is bound in the acrylic topcoat- this is unlikely to be of any consequence.


Coating contains a small percentage of Melamine formaldehyde (1.6%), which triggers the IARC classification Level 3 Not Classifiable as to Carcinogenicity to Humans. Exposure to melamine formaldehyde at an occupational level can cause sensitisation by skin contact. It is also harmful to aquatic organisms (R52/53). However, given it is bound in the primer body under the topcoat- this is unlikely to be of any consequence.


Red Light Comment

Solasteel Top Coat

Coating contains a moderate percentage of titanium dioxide, approximately 22.8% for Solasteel Top Coat. In 2006, the IARC reclassified titanium dioxide as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B). This issue relates to the inhalation of powdered and ultra-fine titanium dioxide dust during manufacture and is not considered a risk, as the TiO2 is not in a respirable form when bound into the product.


Accordingly the sanding, grinding and other occupational production activities of products containing titanium dioxide may present issues if appropriate precautions are not taken. Precautions for workers such as reducing exposure to product in dust form and using appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) mitigate potential issues to low risk in accordance with an ecospecifier Risk Assessment. Refer to Material Safety Data sheet for further information.

Solasteel Coil Primer

Coating contains 1.65% of Strontium Chromate. It has a Risk Phrase of R50, which means it is very toxic to aquatic organisms and may cause long-term adverse effects in the aquatic environment. It should be disposed off as a hazardous substance. At an occupational level, it is harmful when swallowed but symptoms are not available. However, it is unlikely to cause anything more than transient discomfort. If in contact with eyes, it may serve as an eye irritant but should disappear once exposure has ceased. Precautions for workers include the use of Personal Protective Equipment to prevent inhalation and the wearing of suitable respiratory equipment to ensure adequate ventilation. Refer to Material Safety Data Sheet for more details. However, given it is bound in the primer body under the topcoat- this is unlikely to be of significant consequence in the use/disposal/re-use of the finished product.

Information last verified on 22nd November 2009

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