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Ecospecifier Issues of Concern / Red Lights

Red Light Comment

Minor Issue: Paints contain titanium dioxide at different levels per base paints. In 2006, the IARC reclassified titanium dioxide as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B). This issue relates to the inhalation of pure 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.


Information last verified on: 28th February 2011


Assessment Comparison

Standard oil based enamels



Paints & Coatings, surface treatments, weatherproofing

sustainability criteria satisfied

Resource Depletion

Resource efficiency

Least processed materials

Habitat & Biodiversity Conservation

Reduced terrestrial impacts

Reduced aquatic impacts

Workplace OHS, Occupant Health, Human Wellbeing

Air Pollution

Reduced or no toxicity through life cycle

Reduced smog-forming potential

Reduced GHG (Greenhouse Gas) emissions

Other Vital Signs

Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)

Ecolabel / Certification

Documented manufacturer claims

Expert Assessment

Corporate Responsibility

Environmental policy